Mental Approach To Hitting: “Failing Forward”

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“Failing Forward” Like Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, & Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Hitting w/ Chicago White Sox

Michael Jordan hitting with the Chicago White Sox in 1994. Photo courtesy: http://www.sportsonearth.com/

This was a “rough draft” inspirational speech I did for my local Toastmasters group about “Failing Forward”…

Sorry audio isn’t as good as my other videos.

I wrote it for my parents, coaches, and hitters who are struggling through the hitting process.

CLICK HERE for my speech cliff notes.

Big thanks go out to Ryan West and his son Ian for the text message 🙂

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below…

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I’m a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA), and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).I’m also a HUGE supporter of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness industry, and have too many alphabet-soup certifications to bore you with.I also played four years of Division One baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003.

It’s NOT how you study, but what you study that counts.I apply human movement principles (or rules), validated by science, to hitting a baseball and softball.
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4 Comments

  1. Michael

    Great speech and topic. It’s always the process that lead to the end result. Unfortunately most young athletics have 100% focus on the outcome and not the mechanics needed to achive the wanted result. You need to build a sound foundation of correct technique and mechanics to understand, and therefore not think about, what’s needed to deliver power and precision. Then you can direct your focus and mental picture for the upcoming task. You must dare to fail in the process to succeed in the outcome!

    • Joey Myers

      Right on Michael! I’m not quite sure if this 100% focus on results is because of nature or nurture. Typically, a kid’s tendencies are a reflection of their parents’. As a parent of a 2 year old boy who loves to hit (without me pushing him btw), I don’t tell him “Good Job!”, but “You did it!” The preceding is passing judgement on the result, which puts an emphasis on results (to the kid anyway). Read this article discusing “5 Reasons To Stop Saying ‘Good Job!'”: http://bit.ly/1H42CSl Thanks for the comment brotha!

  2. Don Ervin

    I never considered Jeter’s upper body movement on certain pitched balls as actually falling forward, he was always under good body control while doing so although I would never suggest to any batter to copy his upper body move. I would really like to hear from him his reasons for doing so.
    Don Ervin

    • Joey Myers

      Good point Don! I would also add, the early forward hand movement to the list of things I wouldn’t teach younger hitters that DJ did 😉