Psychology

I read the following quote from Justin Su’a (@justinsua) on twitter, “Every day recommit to the things that matter most. You empower yourself when your priorities are in line. If you really want it, you’ll make time for it. If you don’t make time for it, you really don’t want it. Actions reveal...

If you’re a committed athlete, I’m sure you watch your favorite professional or Olympic athletes compete, whether LeBron, Serena, Tom, or Simone. Or you watch videos of them training on YouTube. Or you hear an interview with them in which they talk about their efforts, challenges, and successes. Or you read their...

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to young athletes in their training and competitive efforts. For example, it drives me crazy to see athletes not prepare themselves fully for a practice session (but you can’t do that in a competition!). Or, young athletes standing around and chatting it up before drills (no...

  Former MLB player Ray Knight said, “Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary” and very succinctly summed up about half of the tenets of sport psychology. Longhorn coaching legend Darrell Royal summed up the other half when he stated, “Luck is what happens when...

Johnny Martinez is up at the plate working an 11-pitch count, game is tied, 8th inning, two outs, runners in scoring position. Johnny stays true to his routine, fouling pitch after pitch off, keeping the AB alive. He steps out of the box, looks at his coach, then at his focal point, takes a deep cleansing breath, the...

  Another baseball season is underway and that means thousands of young pitchers are throwing at all levels of youth league competition. For many of these youngsters, this effort becomes the peak of their athletic careers. It’s not just sometimes because of a lack of desire to continue on, but also often an inability...

During my five plus decades in professional baseball as a player, special advisor, club president, CEO and team owner, I’ve known a lot of players, especially pitchers, who started getting their game face on a day ahead of when they were scheduled to pitch. I didn’t. I would get focused and prepared, but my work...

“Take a deep breath” is a common saying in sports whenever someone is facing a pressure moment.  Whether it’s before a 3-2 pitch in game 7 of the World Series, a game-winning field goal, a critical free throw, or a par-saving putt, we’ve all seen great athletes inhaling and exhaling deliberately before they...

A few years ago, the Astros’ staff was invited to spend an off-day in New York at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable experiences that I have ever had during my 35+ years in MLB. We spent approximately six hours at West Point. We had an extensive tour of the...

The saturation of cell phones, E-mails and texting, combined with the availability of wireless in classrooms, offices, board rooms, meeting rooms and even baseball clubhouses has produced something called the problem of divided attention. To illustrate how this problem can affect productivity and performance,...