Wanna Bet?

Ever notice how a bet heightens the senses and enhances performance? Even the most innocuous and bereft-of-consequences bet seems to provide an increased focus and a magnified competitiveness. Use this to your advantage.

Make  a bet during your batting practices. For example, bet the pitcher that you will not swing and miss during a series of, say, 12 pitches. Set the terms and set your resolve. Or, if you can’t find a willing participant, make a bet with yourself, e.g., “I’ll make contact with 8 consecutive off-speed pitches and reward myself with some Hot Sauce sunflower seeds. If I fail {and I won’t} I’ll do 50 consecutive Hindu squats after practice as a punishment.” Always bet on yourself. Collect, and pay, your bets in full every time.

Think of a bet as an opportunity to win, and act accordingly. Put yourself, and your reputation, on the line. Use the “pressure” of a bet to compel a higher level of concentration. Use a bet to “guarantee” your maximum effort. Compete with yourself, and against mediocrity. You are capable of greatness, so stand and deliver. You can do it. Wanna bet?

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Todd W. Skipton created the Raising A Man enterprise to provide examples, biographies, quotes, stories, and inspiration about great men and women throughout history and sports. These high achievers tapped into their inner conquering spirit in order to fulfill their maximum potential. Begin the journey from hope to reality; from possibility to accomplishment; from boyhood to manhood. Be great at everything and be great at life!
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