In baseball and in life there is a tendency to blame misfortune on someone (or anyone) else, or to blame “fate” or “luck” or the “baseball gods.” Some adopt a fatalistic attitude and sour their game with pessimism and depression.
It’s an easy trap for the weak-minded batter. When a fielder makes a brilliant play, blame it on bad luck and exclaim, “I never get a break.” When an umpire calls a borderline pitch a strike, complain, pout, sulk and moan. Reason that your bad attitude is not your fault because the difficult circumstances “made me feel this way.” Be a defenseless puppet who allows the actions of others to determine your mindset. Be a victim who’d rather cry, than try.
Or, make the preferable choice to be in control of your attitude. Be the puppet master rather than the helpless puppet. Physical training and conditioning specialist Frank Matrisciano teaches each of his athletes this concept. He considers it the bedrock foundation of any great athlete: sports involve failure, and your attitude toward a setback is a primary cause of future success. A great hitter acknowledges he is accountable for his own success or failure, within the scope of being an integral part of a team. A great hitter controls his emotions and channels disappointment into an outpouring of additional energy and renewed determination. Don’t be a hapless puppet; be the indomitable master of your mind.