Playing My Game

I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it. - Sandy Koufax

True competitors play to their strengths and challenge their opponents to do the same.

A tail of two mindsets. You see this all the time in sports.

One athlete will look at an opponent and say, they are the best, so I’m not sure I can beat them. So, instead of playing aggressive and my best, I’m going to play it safe. If I play it safe, I’ll likely minimize the damage and see what happens.

The second is the athlete who wants to go head to head with the best. Not only are they trying to test themselves against the best, they are challenging their opponent to bring their “A” game as well.

The thought being, if I bring my best and play to my strengths, I’m committed to playing hard and giving it my all.

The second athlete understands that bringing their best means performing with what they have to offer each day versus needing to execute perfectly each time.

Meaning, they are aware of how to adjust their game to fit their abilities for the day. For example, if a golfer’s drive is hitting to the left today, she/he will make adjustments to fit her/his swing, rather than trying to recreate her/his swing to find that great drive.

In the end, the outcome isn’t measured by wins and losses, but by a athlete’s commitment to their game plan and their ability to play to and adjust to their strengths.

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