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POINT TO PONDER
“All that a person achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his/her own thoughts.”
STORY LINE from “The Psychology of Winning” by Denis Waitley*.
It's the World Series. The New York Yankees vs Milwaukee Braves are in the ninth inning. The score is tied. Two men on with two out. The pitch count is three balls and two strikes.
On the mound is one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time, Warren Spahn. At bat is the Yankee great, catcher Elston Howard.
The Milwaukee manager comes out of the dugout to go over the situation and give some encouraging, motivational advice to Warren Span. His idea of motivation went like this:
“Don’t give him a high, outside pitch,” said the manager and walked back to the dugout.
Warren wondered “Why did he have to tell me in that way?” “Don’t give him high fast ball, the reverse of what needs to be done.”
Too late! Like a neon sign, it bugs Span. But he throws his pitch and it goes... High and outside. Then the CRACK of the bat...
And out of the park goes the ball.
Yankees win and Braves lose...
Warren wondered for the rest of his life “Why would any one motivate any one else or themselves with the reverse of an idea?”
Good Managers know that the players and team actions will be controlled by the currently dominant thoughts. Winning coaches focus on positive reinforcement to bring up individual and team performance. They focus on rewards of success vs penalty of failures and what needs to be done rather than what needs to be avoided.