“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Johann Wofgang von Goethe, Novelist, Playwright, scientist and philosopher
“Challenge is one of the greatest human motivators.” -Jim Harris, Speaker/Author http://www.jimharris.com/
“Your actions will always follow your beliefs” – From Facing the Giants
I recently watched the movie Facing the Giants about a football coach and football team that was muddling somewhere between hapless and mediocrety. The reason for their dismal performance was their attitude. Their attitude that they were going to lose before the game began.
There is a very interesting turn of events in this movie that needs to be watched to be believed.
I would highly recommend it.
Every little league pitcher dreams of this kind of day.
Every minor league pitcher dreams of this kind of day.
And every major league pitcher dreams of this kind of day.
But only 20 pitchers in history have had this kind of … perfect day.
Yesterday, Philadelphia Phillies (and former Blue Jays) ace pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay had a perfect day.
The former Cy Young award winner won the game 1-0 by not allowing even one of the Florida Marlins hitters to reach base. 27 batters, 27 straight outs.
But do you really think that this is the first time Roy has done this?
I would bet that he has dreamed this type of perfect game many times.
I would bet that in his game preperation he visualizes getting every batter out.
And I would bet that this was a key to his success, not only last night, but throughout his career.
Because when you practice in your mind you are making mental tracks for your body to follow.
And since you are making mental tracks, you may as well make those tracks the best you can possibly make them.
Someone once said that practice makes perfect. But that isn’t true. It is perfect practice that makes perfection.
So what do you want to achieve? And are you mentally practicing a perfect outcome. If not, why not.
Congratulations Roy on your perfect game and thanks for the lessons that can help us achieve success in our future.
“It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary, The first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest
“A champion is one who gets up… even when he (or she) can’t.” – Jack Dempsey, Champion Boxer