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How MLB Pitchers Use Mental Imagery to Enhance Their Performance

Make no mistake; thoughts become things. If a pitcher thinks, “don’t walk this guy” or “that pitch was a strike” and allows that thought to occupy his mind, the thought will lead to that reality. As a result, your focus will be not on the execution of the next pitch but on the emotion from the distracting thought. This takes focus away from the task at hand and any pitch thrown without trust, confidence and conviction will not lead to a positive result. Bob Tewksbury shares a story from his new book, Ninety Percent Mental, on how MLB pitcher Jon Lester started using mental imagery to enhance his baseball pitching performance.