Saturday, January 30, 2010
Keep it Simple
I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with MLB's reigning American League Manager of the year Mike Scioscia this evening while attending a kick-off dinner for Angels' minor league affiliate, the Orem Owlz. I asked him about his take on the mental side of sports (baseball in particular), and how it affected him as a player and as a coach. His answer was interesting,
"When it comes to the mental aspect of baseball the key is to keep it simple."
What a great thing to remember while striving to perform on purpose, with purpose. I believe that we tend to make things a lot more complicated than they need to be, and as a result we lose focus of the things that matter most which in turn affects our performance. When you fill your mind with information overload you put yourself at greater risk of experiencing what the sport psychology world calls, "paralysis by analysis", which is just a catchy phrase that means you're thinking about doing so many things that you do nothing.
So in your endeavor to perform on purpose, with purpose I would invite you to remember Coach Scioscia's powerful advice: Keep it Simple.