Below is a post from Jon Gordon on negative thoughts and fear. These thoughts are everywhere in baseball, the college recruiting process and (of course) life. As we work through this process with you, I felt this is a very important post to share with parents, students and coaches. As you enter the batter’s box, all sorts of thoughts enter your mind, do not entertain any thought that deals with you not succeeding - stay focused and stay positive!
"Do you struggle with Fear?"
Every hand in the audience went up when I asked the question.
"Do your negative thoughts come from you?"
Most said "Yes."
"Are you sure," I asked? "Who would ever choose to have a negative thought?" Eyes widened, some heads shook and a few people smiled. They were having an Aha moment.
I then explained that your negative thoughts don’t come from you. They come from consciousness. They pop in at random times or, for some, more frequently. They are like an unwanted surprise guest that show up at your front door to tell you how weak, unworthy, insignificant and incapable you are.
But here's the deal. Like any unwanted surprise guest you decide whether or not to entertain them. A thought’s power only comes from the power you give it. You don’t have to give your negative thoughts power. You can ignore them. You can see them for what they truly are: lies, lies, lies.
Always remember that just because you have a negative thought doesn't mean you have to believe it.
Fear is a liar and if you struggle with fear and negative thoughts, it’s because you believe the lies that they tell. Fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear looks and feels true but it isn’t.
Fear says you aren't strong enough, good enough, succes