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August 4, 2008

Major Leagues

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:53 am

Seems most young men who excel at baseball hold a vision of playing in the “big” leagues. Some make it to the minor leagues but most of them get stuck at that level. They are destined to play in a different stadium than the one of their dreams. If you’re not a baseball fan, read on.

The question is: “What keeps us stuck?” The answer is pretty basic. It’s the quality of our response.

Our conscious mind is a stimulus/response machine. Notice that the same stimulus continues to produce the same response. That’s a limited playing field. A door to the big leagues is recognizing this fact – Your life is determined by the responses you make. You cannot control what type of pitch the opposing pitcher will throw, or at what speed. You can only produce a response. If you are striking out a lot, chances are your response mechanism is on automatic pilot and you’re walking back to the dugout with your head down a lot, or worse, beating up the water cooler.

The ticket to the big club is beginning to recognize the patterned responses you have to any number of given stimuli. Noticing that they aren’t working is the easy part. The real work begins when you start interrupting a patterned response while it’s happening and choose another. This evens the playing field.

Every thought in your head is a response to a stimulus – known or unknown. We are responding all the time. It will beef up your batting average if you begin to notice your thought machine at work. The major league metamorphosis begins when you notice that the stimulus is unimportant. It’s only your response that increases your on base percentage.

Spend time today just noticing the pitches that your mind throws you. Just observe them as they go past you. There will be a continuous stream of fastballs, sliders, change-up’s, knuckle balls, and curves. As the thoughts pass by, notice your response to them. This is batting practice. You are conditioning yourself to notice how your mind works.

Many players make the mistake of waiting for their pitch. They strike out a lot through misplaced anticipation. Waiting for the right stimulus to come along has you miss a lot of opportunities. The appropriate response is available on every pitch; you just have to dig for it.

If we remain a slave to our patterned responses, our chances of hitting home runs remains diminished. Step up to the plate today and recognize it doesn’t matter who is pitching. It’s your response that will insure that you make contact. That’s truly keeping your eye on the ball.


All the best,





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