How Do You React To A Loss?
You can react to losses positively or negatively. You can beat yourself up, become frustrated with your performance and lose confidence, taking a negative approach to your game. You can also take a more positive look at your performance learning from your losses.
The Los Angeles Angels fell 0-6 to the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night. Angels pitcher, Joe Saunders, didn’t perform his best allowing three runs, four hits and five walks over 6 1-3 innings.
“It’s not really frustrating. It’s a good positive for me, knowing that I’m starting to get back to what I know I can do. But team-wise, it’s frustrating that we can’t pull out more wins. We just need to stay positive, and we need to execute better. We need to play the way we’re capable of playing. We just haven’t been doing that consistently this year,” said Saunders.
Confident athletes stay positive after losses, benefiting their performance.
Positive thinking will help you bounce back from losses quickly. Instead of losing confidence after a poor performance, notice what you did well.
You might have reacted quickly to a fly out or had a good strategy when you were down in the count. Then, take a look at what you didn’t do as well.
Use that information to work on your weaknesses in practice and improve as a player. Above all, look at your weaknesses as opportunities for improvement rather than a sign of inadequacy.
Confident athletes are also patient.
Many players tend to expect results too quickly. When you become impatient with your performance, you can speed through your routine, lose confidence and focus on the wrong things.
Patient players are focused on execution and trust that a good performance will eventually come. Their confidence isn’t thrashed around by results.
Patient players are focused on gaining their confidence from more stable sources, such as their preparation and practice.
Your baseball psychology tip is to bounce back quickly from losses by staying positive and patient about your performance.
Take an objective look at your game after your performances and work to improve your weaknesses. Stay patient with your results and eventually things will fall into place.
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