The BTM ebook report: "Ninety % religious"


About the book
title:: Ninety percent mental
author:: Bob Tewksbury
length:: 256 pages (paperback)
publisher:: Hachette go
Copyright year:: 2020

In Ninety Percent Mental, writer Bob Tewksbury shares his insights into the mental side of baseball, especially from a pitcher's perspective. Tewksbury has a wealth of experience both as an all-star pitcher and, after his athletic career, as a mental trainer with the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. Many of the lessons in this book are backed up by stories from the world of baseball, but they directly mean that they will be effective at the bowling alleys.

Several times in the book, Tewksbury shares one of his mental training mantras: thoughts become things. His job as a mental ability trainer is to help athletes realize this important truth and then do hard work to make sure those "things" are positive. He uses an example from his early playing days when he wrote the words “Nothing to Lose” on the inside of his hat to give himself confidence. Looking back, he sees the mistake here. While this is a general term, it focuses on exactly what he was afraid of: losing. Making sure that your thoughts are positive is one of its fundamental elements in any solid mental game.

In another section, the author discusses FEAR, which is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. In his experience, baseball players constantly struggle with irrational thoughts about their batting average, their winnings, or any number of stats that will affect whether or not they will stay in the big leagues. Most of the time this inner dialogue is completely irrational and shows individual bad performances as "proof" that the athlete is failing. Here he affirms the importance of positive internal dialogue and focuses on good performance as evidence of skill rather than a bad excursion as evidence of failure.

Tewksbury also introduces the meaning of anchor statements. These are more than just simple affirmations. They are specific phrases that an athlete should ground when unwanted negative thoughts arise. Since these thoughts will inevitably crop up, he suggests using an anchor statement to replace it in order to redirect the athlete to the positive. He gives the example of World Series Champion Andrew Miller, who used the simple phrase “Stop it. I have that. I will dominate. "whenever negative thoughts of doubt came to his mind. Tewksbury also addresses the need for a physical trigger – in the case of a baseball player who might hit the glove …


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