Positive physical performance on the field will never outweigh negativity in the dugout, when it comes to a player’s overall impact on a team. One bad apple can certainly spoil the bunch. We all know this.
Ask yourself this question - are you a PRODUCER of positivity and good energy amongst your team? (leadership) Or does your attitude DRAIN the good energy out of the dugout when things don’t go your way? It’s really a selfish way to be, if you think about it, to steal everyone else’s enjoyment of the game they love because one moment didn’t work out for you.
We’ve all seen it. We’ve all probably been a little bit of both. It’s human nature. Guys, we have to be aware of it and the effect our attitude has on our teammates. It’s so important. The vibe/atmosphere of a team is so critical to its long term success.
No matter how great you are on the field, you will never truly be great until you can control your mind and your emotions, show leadership, be a good friend to your buddies around you, and put the teams success before your own. One of the best ways to make teams and guarantee continued time in this game is to be the type of person that people genuinely like to be around, even when things don’t go your way.
The fall is a great time for everyone to work on this side of the game. This fall, put as much effort into your mental/emotional/leadership game as you put into your physical game. It’s JUST AS important.