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To Excel in Softball You Must…

by Stacie ~ May 31st, 2011. Filed under: Coach Softball, Softball Tips, Softball Training, Stacie's Thoughts, To: Softball Players.

…also remember to make “deposits of success” in other areas of life.  So many times, we focus the majority of our time and energy into softball, into softball training, into softball learning, into softball competition, but we tend to neglect other important areas of our lives. Just substitute “softball” for “work” in the picture below and you get an idea of what I’m talking about.

softball performance and balance

Most people agree that confidence plays a big part in softball performance.  Did you ever stop to think that self doubt or feelings of insecurity in other areas of life can spill over into softball?  It’s possible, but it’s tough to carry yourself with confidence on the field when you feel bad about yourself in other areas.

If you want to dramatically improve your softball performance, make sure you are making “deposits of success” in other areas of your life such as:

  • relationships
  • family
  • leisure
  • school/work
  • faith
  • personal development (including health/fitness)
  • etc

If you are failing miserably in any of these areas, it WILL affect your softball performance.  Drama at home or with loved ones makes performing well on the field more of a challenge.  Eating poorly or participating in other bad health/nutrition habits also makes it tough to perform your best.  If you’re stressed out about a major problem at school or work, it very likely your softball performance will be less than optimal.

As much as we’d like to have softball be a separate, almost “sacred,” part of our lives untouched by anything else, the fact of the matter is, it’s not completely separate.  It’s part of your life and of you as a whole.  Take care of your “whole” self and your likely to do much better on the softball field!

A happy, relaxed, stress-free, confident YOU makes for a better overall softball player (or coach)!

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Stacie Mahoe shares lessons learned from decades around the diamond. Enjoy her unique insights on softball and life from years as a player, coach, parent, and fan of the game.

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