Control What You Can Control

Our method and our philosophy here at Dominant Mental Conditioning is built on three pillars. 

1) Having and maintaining a Positive/Confident mindset.

2) Competing with a PRESENT mindset. Meaning we don't dwell on past mistakes and we don't worry about future outcomes. In order to W.I.N. we must focus on What's Important Now (W.I.N.).

3) Being Process-Oriented. Setting daily attainable goals and trusting the journey we are on will provide us with the end result we desire. 

The best way to unleash these three pillars into your athletic performance is to subscribe to the mantra of "control what you can control."

In sports there is so much out of our control, and yet that is what we fixate on the most. The "Uncontrollables" monopolize our focus and are the key triggers for our performance anxieties.

We can't control if an umpire, referee, or official makes a bad call against us or our team. While it can be extremely frustrating in the moment, having the understanding that we can't control this situation, can release us from anger and frustration that will undoubtedly distract us and impact our performance. Below is a list of other uncontrollables in baseball, which you can easily transfer to your sport.

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The "Controllables", no matter what sport you play, are always within in your control. No matter what is happening in the game or competition, our focus on the controllables is what will separate us from our opponents. 

We are always in control of our attitude. Being relentlessly confident is positive is always within our control. Our actions and our body language are something we can control and maintain. The referee calls a foul on you? So what, puff out that chest and don't let them impact your attitude.

You always have total control over your effort, energy, and intensity. American Hero and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell said, "the mind quits 1,000 times before the body is ready to." 

It's the 4th quarter and you are gassed. You're exhausted and you are telling yourself how tired you are. But the reality is, your body can still handle the adversity. Change those thoughts in your head by telling yourself, "I've got this" or "I'm not tired". Never let others out work you, because quitting or stopping is always a decision we are making, not one someone else is making for us.

We can't always control the event but we always control our response. If we control the controllables, the uncontrollables become irrelevant.

How will you respond in your next game or competition after reading this? 

Ben Kaplan