Pitching Performance

By Steven Ellis former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

Bad moods damage your motivation to succeed in training or competition. They make you more prone to negative thinking, and cause distraction, often as you trigger bad moods in other people, such as your teammates.

Bad moods can emerge as bad temper, unhappiness, lethargy and sluggishness. If you are in a good mood, then even dull training can be enjoyable. Your mood is completely under your control - bad moods are an indulgence you cannot afford.

How to improve your mood:

Through positive thinking and suggestion - say to yourself 'I feel good' or 'I am going to move faster' or 'I can feel energy pouring into my limbs'. This really does help.

By treating each element of a performance individually - when you make a mistake, refocus and concentrate on the next separate element of the performance. Treating a performance in this way ensures that a bad move or a missed shot does not effect following pitches.

By using imagery - imagine a time when you were performing very well and feeling good. Alternatively, imagine feeling good directly.

By reviewing your goals to remotivate yourself.

By smiling! - Forcing a smile onto your face for more than just a few seconds always seems to lift a bad mood. Step off the mound and try it - it really does work!


 

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