A key to being a great hitter is emotional resiliency, defined as “the ability to maintain a mindset conducive to maximum success, in all situations and in spite of what transpires.” For example, a great hitter does not become discouraged by a temporary failure, nor does he become so encouraged by a recent triumph that he alters his future approach.
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was known for his emotional resiliency. Robinson is considered one of the greatest infielders in history and he had seasons of extreme excellence as a hitter, too. Above all, on and off the diamond, he demonstrated optimal emotional resiliency.
He was unfazed by stress and unaffected by criticism. He was the same laid-back, friendly competitor on winning teams and on losing teams. He bounced back from errors in the field and strikeouts at the plate. He celebrated Gold Gloves, an MVP award and World Series championships without changing his style or his temperament.
He experienced all the excitement and disappointment baseball offers without changing his personality, his demeanor, his attitude, or his preparation. He provided a bed-rock emotional foundation of steady equanimity for his teammates and the fans. No matter what happened, Robinson stayed the same. He provides a quintessential example of the emotional resiliency that results in maximal excellence.