Yogi Was Right

Yogi Berra Game Half MentalNinety percent of the game is half mental. — Yogi Berra

Over the holidays, I grabbed a book off the shelf and started reading. I’ve been working to live by the phrase, Never Stop Learning, while trying to push myself in training for my first 50 mile run coming up in June.

And it’s not just sports, but I also want to do my due diligence in making sure the next step in my career follows what I truly love and enjoy in life.

Along with the above quote from Yogi Berra, he’s also attributed to pointing out that we can observe a lot just by watching and I have to laugh thinking how true that statement can be. There’s only so much we can do in training — whether it be for a race or a project at work, so we need to be mentally prepared for the challenge ahead.

I can’t tell you how many times in training that I’ve hit a big hill with negativity swirling through my mind; how many times I’ve entered a work meeting doubting my ability to close a deal. That doubt did nothing to contribute to a successful climb or sell. I can guarantee you I’ve hit those hills just as many times while zoned out or in a much more positive frame of mind and tackled them with confidence.

Whether at our worst or our best, it’s figuring out how to control and harness that doubt for good that can make or break our game.

What you think affects how you feel and perform. Training your brain is as important as training your body. — Mind Gym.

This starts a series of posts working my way through Mind Gym by Gary Mack. I read the book and it inspired quite a bit of motivation. I’m sharing a few thoughts as I work through the book once more. This post contains affiliate links. Amazon shares a commission from referrals at no additional cost to you. These proceeds help me keep the lights on.

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