The Panic Button

By Ken Spangenberg 10 months agoNo Comments
Don’t hit it! Far too often I’ll see players, coaches, teams, parents, etc. panic after experiencing a little failure.
Whether it’s a bad AB, a tough weekend, or a lousy practice all that really matters is whether you learn from the experience and put a plan in place to improve.
Unfortunately, instead of a productive response and plan of action, I’ve seen these to be common reactions…
  1. Pointing fingers
  2. Allowing negatively in to the team (we stink, he stinks, etc)
  3. Making huge sweeping changes (completely changing your stance)
  4. Quitting
  5. Making excuses (my arm hurt, I’m rusty, etc)
There are certainly others, but these are the most common ones that I see/hear.
If baseball was easy, everybody would be hitting .800…but that’s not the reality of the game.
You were crazy enough to pick a sport where the absolute best in the game fail more often than they succeed. And if that’s true for the world’s most elite players, you better believe it’s true for you too.
So don’t over reach and hit that panic button so quickly. It’s easy to be negative and panic. It’s hard to reflect, plan, and execute. 
If you’re able to avoid hitting that big red button after experiencing a struggle and respond with an action plan, you will have long term success in this game. If you can’t, you won’t. It’s really that simple.
Baseball is the most frustrating game on the planet…if you allow it to be. Let’s put that panic button away and focus on improving day by day. Be obsessed.
Ken Spangenberg
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute
  Baseball, Wellness
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