Contributed by Rob Monaco, sports dad and Little League commissioner. For more baseball wisdom and motivation, follow his page The Heart of Youth Baseball.
By now you know how hard baseball can be. But you’ve managed to play for a while, learning much about the game’s complexities and challenges every single day you’re out there.
Baseball is about stepping stones. It’s about growth. And it’s definitely about learning from mistakes and taking all that data and resetting yourself to improve the next time around.
Some of the finest moments in sports are when you fail. It sounds silly, but it’s not. When you hit the field with all the talent and confidence you’ve collected, there is still the possibility of failure.
But if you’ve trained and worked hard to improve every game… the percentages of failure decrease and that’s a good thing! That being said, the game isn’t just about being physically capable.
It’s not only about being strong enough to slap the ball down the line or crank it out of the park. Mental toughness is ultimately what can make or break a ballplayer.