You may or may not be a baseball fan but you probably do appreciate greatness. Without a doubt Ted Williams is one of the greatest ball players of all time.
In 1941, Ted Williams batted .400 which has not been done since then. But the way he got there shows the mindset of a champion.
Going into the final game of the season Ted Williams was batting .3996 which rounded up to .400. They were set to play a doubleheader that day and his manager gave him the option to sit out to maintain his .400 batting average. Ted Williams refused. He said there is no way he is going out like that. He said if he couldn't hit .400 from the beginning of the season to the end of a season, he didn't deserve it. Gutsy!
Game 1 he batted 4 for 5 raising his average to .404. Again he had the option to sit out in Game 2 of the double header. Again he refused. He batted 2 for 3 in the last game and raised his average to .406 for the season.
You can play it safe or you can go all in. Most of the greats in wrestling and all sports go all in. Going 6 for 8 that day and raising his average to .406 makes for a great story but Ted Williams could have easily had a bad day and slipped below the .400 mark. It is not batting .400 that season that made Ted Williams great (he would be considered one of the all time greats regardless). It is the mindset that he is going to go all in, all the time, despite the circumstances that makes him great.
On the mat, in your training and in your life, it is about getting the most out of yourself. Going all in, putting forth a full effort, not being afraid of losing or looking bad. If you win by 3 points but pumped the brakes just to hold on to the win, that is not what we are talking about. If you win a team run by a second when you could have blown away the competition or if you hold back in practice because you already got more takedowns than your partner, that is not what we are talking about.
There comes a point in everything you do, where you need to ask yourself; am I going to hold back or am I going to go all in? There will be times you lose, make mistakes or look bad because of this. But at the end of the day, only you know if you truly emptied the tank and went all in.
A good friend of mine Zach Bretz once told me, "I will risk a chance of a bust for a shot at the boom." That is exactly what Ted Williams did. That is what most of the great wrestlers do. They put themselves on the line, embrace challenges and put forth a full effort. That is a powerful way to live.
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Blog written by Coach Mike Moor
"Returning to winning was my entire focus this past year"
Ronda Rousey has had an illustrious career from an Olympic Gold to being the face of Women's MMA. However, she made one pivotal mistake that ultimately contributed to her demise - her focus was on winning and getting her belt back instead of just getting better every day. Kyle Snyder was quoted saying that he didn't train to win an olympic title; he trained to get better every single day knowing that if he could do that, he would be capable of winning gold. Unfortunately, Ronda seemed to be caught up in the end result instead of focusing on the process and working on areas that needed improvement.
The same can be said during competition. At Wrestling Mindset, we talk about focusing on things other than the score or the outcome during your matches, specifically your effort, attitude; and aggressiveness (attack rate). Worrying about winning/losing or how many points you need to score to win is stressful and adds unnecessary pressure and leads to overthinking. Focusing on the right things allows us to have clarity in our training and in competition.
It seems as though Ronda Rousey was so focused on winning her belt back that she lost focus on the mindset that got her to the top in the first. She also seemed to neglect working on areas of of her game that she needed to improve on during her training. In wrestling
Lastly, Ronda, like most athletes, seem to define themselves by their success or failures on the mat. At Wrestling Mindset we often talk about how you cannot define yourself through wrestling or wins/losses; instead, you must define yourself by your faith, morals, and ethical standards. Doing that is a two-step process. First, we must know what we stand for and believe in. Second, we must shift our focus away from winning/not losing to performance. If we give a 100% effort, leave everything on the mat, and try to score constantly, no one should be disappointed in you, including yourself. This is why after Jordan Burroughs lost in the olympics, his first response was that even though he was disappointed in himself, he has a family and God that loves him - he doesn't define himself through wrestling.
Remember that wrestling or how you compete doesn't define you - YOU DO. Focus on the process of getting better each day instead of worrying about the outcomes.
Identify your top 5 priorities in your life, specifically things that you hold higher than wrestling. Examples include faith, honesty, school, family, etc. This is what defines who you are - not your record.
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