Baseball Opens! – The Affirmation Spot for Monday April 5, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:
“Winners are not people who never lose. Winners are people who never quit.

Although there were a few early games last night, baseball’s official opening day is today. Once again every major league team is 0-0 and hope for pennant and World Series title springs eternal.

Baseball has been America’s pasttime for more than 100 years. However, it didn’t have an official anthem until John Fogerty recorded “Centerfield” in 1985. This feel-good song not only evokes the spirit of baseball, but of Spring after a long cold winter.

It also repeats and repeats the universal affirmation of athletes everywhere, “Put me in coach. I’m ready to play today.” Baseball fan or not, this song is sure to pick up your day!

Stay inspired and play ball!

Ray

Baseball Affirmations

Perhaps no game is more mental than baseball. While athleticism is certainly needed, the best players are the one who believe in their abilities and execute on the field by using mind to think ahead.

Sports and affirmations are a natural combination. Athletes want to perform. The mental component – what some have called the inner game – are central to sports success.

Here are some affirmations for all you baseball and softball players out there! See MP3 versions of some of these affirmations are available here.

Pitching

  1. When I’m on the mound I am relaxed and in complete control.
  2. When I bring my ‘A’ game I’m practically unhittable. I always bring my ‘A’ game!
  3. My fastball overpowers hitters.
  4. My curve ball baffles hitters.
  5. I am the best pitcher on this team and this year it shows on the field!
  6. I am the closer on this team. I always slam the door shut on our opponents!
  7. I can succeed with any of my pitches anywhere in the count!

Hitting

  1. I am a great clutch hitter. I thrive on driving in the big runs!
  2. Game after game my batting average is rising!
  3. This year I am hitting the ball with more authority than ever before!
  4. When I’m at the plate I am relaxed and in complete control!
  5. I am the toughest out this pitcher will face all day!
  6. I am a great home run hitter!
  7. When I get on base I make things happen for my team!

Fielding

  1. I am a great catcher! I have a rocket arm built for throwing out runners!
  2. A great first baseman lives within me! Today that first baseman takes the field!
  3. I am a great second baseman! I am a great second baseman! I am a great second baseman and I get better and better each and every day!
  4. I am a great shortstop! I make tough double plays look like a breeze!
  5. I am great third baseman! Nothing gets between me and the foul line. My glove sucks balls up like a vacuum sweeper.
  6. A great left fielder lives within me! Today that left fielder takes the field!
  7. I am a great center fielder! I have the speed and the instincts to make amazing plays in the gaps!
  8. I am a great right fielder! My arm is strong and getting stronger. Runners better not run on me!

Keep swinging for the fences!

Ray

For audio baseball affirmations to add to your playlist, please check here. More coming all the time.

Beyond the Survivor China Finale – The Affirmation Spot for Monday December 17, 2007

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Today’s affirmation is:

“Today I am succeeding in life without compromising my values.”

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Last night was the season finale of America’s favorite reality show – Survivor. I am a passive fan of the show. My wife really enjoys it and so I wind up watching about half the episodes each season with her.

For those of you who are regular viewers, you know all about the final tribal council. Let me catch up those readers who don’t watch the show. The goal of the show is to become the sole survivor and to win $1 million.

On the final show each season, the jury – comprised of the last seven people voted out – has an opportunity to question the final three survivors as to why each deserves the jury’s vote for the million dollars.

Invariably, the subject of deceit and lying comes up. The accepted wisdom of the show is that these characteristics are necessary to advance in the game. Generally, those players who are most adept at duplicity and use it without compunction are contenders to win the show.

The jury is comprised of people victimized by the treachery. Often they are understandably bitter and chastise the finalists for this behavior. The response is always the same. “Hey, it was just ‘game’. It’s not who I really am outside the game.”
Afterall, lying, cheating, stealing, and stabbing in the back are not only the norm in the game, but the only way to have a chance to win.

The Survivor book of wisdom says that honesty, concern for others, and integrity are characteristics that demonstrate weakness and are likely to get you eliminated.

This season, as is often the case, the biggest schemer in the game was awarded the million dollars. At the end of the day, the jury normally recognizes and rewards that person’s behavior. The jury develops A kind of awe of the person’s ability to “play the game”.

The message is clear. It is not that the game should have been conducted more honorably, but that whatever expedient means are necessary to win, are acceptable. Vice becomes virtue.

Of course, ‘the game’ in survivor is only a thinly veiled reference to the game of life we all play every day. The fact that these values are rewarded in a microcosm representing our world is troubling. This is a highly popular show watched by millions of children and young adults.

Is Survivor unwittingly teaching this generation that the fastest way to success is to abandon a positive approach to life and do whatever you must to achieve? Is the take away that as long as I can separate who I really am from what I have to do to win, it’s OK?

The news has recently been filled with information that some of baseball’s most respected icons may have been cheating the system and skewing the record books. This generation’s top hitter (Barry Bonds) and its top pitcher (Roger Clemens) have been implicated in the scandal along with a who’s who list of the games brightest stars. Are we seeing another
version of the same mentality – “I’ll do whatever I must to be on top?”

Are Survivor and the baseball scandal broadcasting a warning to us? I want to shy away from empty moralizing here, but taking the shortcuts or the easy way is always a temptation in life. We’ve gone beyond “me-first” to “me-only” thinking.

However,when this mentality rules in a society that society is risking collapse. No one trusts anyone else and every one hunkers down in a bunker mentality. People become short-sighted and the ability to cooperate lessens.

We need to ask ourselves whether or not this message represents the society we all want to live in.

We are capable of so much more! There is a superior way to achieve in life. We can build our skills, improve our outlook, and work towards our goals. We can learn to work towards goals that benefit me, but don’t tear down your dreams in the process. We can, indeed we must, pursue our dreams without leaving footprints on the backs of our colleagues
and friends.

I’m not advocating a world where there are no winners and no losers or where everything is “fair”. Such a world does not really exist. I’m also not saying Survivor isn’t tantalizing entertainment or pushing the idea that it should be off the air.

What I am suggesting is that we remember something clearly forgotten in Survivor and the baseball scandal. We cannot separate who we truly are from what we are willing to do to win. The real “game” we are here to play is one where we must learn to maximize our own potential without hurting others in the process.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray

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