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Mind Gym Book Review

Mind Gym

By Gary Mack

  • “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.” — Yogi Berra
  • Once you reach a certain level of competency, your mental level is just as important as your physical.
  • Building mental strength is just as important as building physical strength. If you work on the inside, it will be seen on the outside.
  • By changing your thinking, you change your performance. 
  • Learn to use your mind or your mind will use you.
  • You need a mind gym, a place where you can retreat and mentally prepare for what you’re about to do.
  • Confidence comes from being both mentally and physically prepared.
  • Why is it that pressure makes some people better and causes others to fail? Mental preparation is the difference.
  • It requires mental toughness in order to win.
  • Good players have a can-do attitude.
  • Competition is won or lost on a 6-inch playing field; it’s between the ears.
  • You have the power to push yourself forward or hold yourself back.
  • You can’t control the other players or the crowd, but you can control yourself.
  • Many people get in the way of themselves with fear, doubt, and condescension towards themselves.
  • You are not playing an opponent, you are playing against yourself.
  • Motivation is not something you can buy or others can give you, it comes from within; you have to give it to yourself.
  • You can turn your shortcomings into strengths if you will be honest with yourself — recognize and work on any weak areas.
  • Contrary to normal people, extraordinary people live their lives backwards; they create their dream and then live it out. 
  • Fear of failure can cripple a player. When you’re not afraid to fail, you’ll likely succeed.  
  • You can choose to listen to the negative critic or positive coach in your head. You can turn that negative critic into a positive coach.
  • Learn to control your emotions or they will control you.
  • When you let anger get the best of you, it brings out the worst in you.
  • A player who cannot control his temper on the court will not become a good player. 
  • The best athletes are masters of their anger, not servants to it.
  • Fear limits your life. 
  • Fretting about the shot you just missed will likely get you another one just like it.
  • Sometimes going faster will make you only go slower. You need to be like the best players, call a time out and reevaluate before you go back in.
  • Pace instead of race. 
  • Over-prepare so you don’t under-perform. 
  • No one can take away from you your self-esteem.
  • MVP’s see stumbling blocks as steppingstones.
  • What lies ahead of us should not be a big concern, but what lies within us should be.
  • When times are good, be grateful. When times are bad, be graceful.
  • While positive thinking might not always work, negative thinking always works.

Jeffrey Bush

Jeff Bush became the General Director of Vision Baptist Mission in May 2012. Prior to this assignment the Bush family faithfully served the Lord for 8 years in Argentina, South America. During their time in Argentina, God blessed their efforts resulting in five churches, a radio ministry, and a Bible college to train those called to the ministry.

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