The Mental Game Of Baseball Challenge Chapters 3 & 4

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The following challenge was developed from the book "The Mental Game of Baseball" by H. A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl. In it the authors present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance at every level of the game. This challenge is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the tips provided in it and to help you improve your concentration, visualization, focus and relaxation so you can directly improve your performance.

As a member of the Nauset Baseball Team, you are required to read "The Mental Game of Baseball Outline" available Read moreon Nauset High School's Student SPORTS Page and complete each chapter's challenge.

Remember: Read it, Watch it, Do it!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is best judge of how performance measures up against goals? 

    • A.

      Your friends

    • B.

      Your coach

    • C.

      You

    • D.

      Your teammates

    Correct Answer
    C. You
    Explanation
    The best judge of how performance measures up against goals would be "You". As an individual, you have the most intimate knowledge and understanding of your own goals, abilities, and progress. You are the one who sets the goals and knows what you are capable of achieving. Your friends, coach, and teammates may provide valuable feedback and support, but ultimately, you are the one who can assess whether you have achieved your goals or not.

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  • 2. 

    What is best needed in order for a goal to be meaningful?                  

    • A.

      You need to be committed to that goal

    • B.

      It must be easy to attain

    • C.

      It should be set very high

    • D.

      It should never be adjustable

    • E.

      It needs to be set by the team

    Correct Answer
    A. You need to be committed to that goal
    Explanation
    In order for a goal to be meaningful, it is important to be committed to that goal. Without commitment, the goal may lack the necessary drive and motivation to be pursued and achieved. Commitment ensures that one is dedicated to the goal, willing to put in the effort and make the necessary sacrifices to reach it. It provides a sense of purpose and determination, making the goal more meaningful and likely to be accomplished.

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  • 3. 

    What is the best process for success?

    • A.

      Goals – Desire - Dedication

    • B.

      Dedication – Goals - Desire

    • C.

      Desire – Goals – Dedication

    • D.

      Desire – Dedication – Goals

    Correct Answer
    C. Desire – Goals – Dedication
    Explanation
    The best process for success is to first have a strong desire for what you want to achieve. This desire will provide the motivation and drive to pursue your goals. Once you have a clear vision of your goals, you can then set specific targets and objectives to work towards. Finally, dedication is necessary to consistently put in the effort and take the necessary actions to achieve those goals. By prioritizing desire, goals, and dedication in this order, individuals can increase their chances of achieving success.

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  • 4. 

    In order to be successful you must

    • A.

      Just think about what you want to succeed in

    • B.

      Just talk about how you will succeed

    • C.

      Just take the easiest way out

    • D.

      You must be committed and ambitious to work at success

    Correct Answer
    D. You must be committed and ambitious to work at success
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "You must be committed and ambitious to work at success." This answer aligns with the idea that success requires dedication and drive. Merely thinking about what you want to succeed in or talking about how you will succeed is not enough. Taking the easiest way out is also not a viable approach. Being committed and ambitious means putting in the necessary effort and persevering through challenges to achieve success.

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  • 5. 

    Those who wish to advance to the top of their profession

    • A.

      Need to be the smartest person in the business

    • B.

      Must become the president of the corporation

    • C.

      Must work hard on their weaknesses in addition to continually working on their strengths

    • D.

      Cheat, lie and back stab anyone who gets in your way

    Correct Answer
    C. Must work hard on their weaknesses in addition to continually working on their strengths
    Explanation
    To advance to the top of their profession, individuals need to not only focus on their strengths but also work hard on their weaknesses. This is because weaknesses can hinder their progress and limit their potential for growth. By identifying and addressing their weaknesses, individuals can improve their overall skills and become well-rounded professionals. Continually working on strengths is important too, as it allows individuals to excel in areas where they already have expertise. However, neglecting weaknesses can hold them back from reaching their full potential.

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  • 6. 

    Goals serve you and expectations serve others

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that goals are personal and serve to motivate and guide an individual towards achieving their desired outcomes. On the other hand, expectations are often imposed by others and can create pressure or influence behavior. Therefore, goals primarily benefit the individual, while expectations are focused on others' perceptions or requirements.

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  • 7. 

    Expectations of others are good goals for us to try and achieve

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Expectations of others may not always align with our own goals, values, or capabilities. While it can be beneficial to consider the perspectives and input of others, blindly striving to meet their expectations can lead to dissatisfaction, stress, and a lack of fulfillment. It is important to set our own goals and priorities based on our own aspirations and values, rather than solely focusing on meeting the expectations of others.

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  • 8. 

    A player who can retain his joy for baseball is the one who has not let other's needs intrude upon his own

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that a player who is able to maintain their enjoyment for baseball is someone who does not allow the needs or expectations of others to interfere with their own personal enjoyment of the sport. This implies that their love for the game is not dependent on external factors or pressures, but rather comes from within themselves. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 9. 

    A player that can understand the difference between where he is reasonably trying to go as opposed to where others want him to end up approaches his game in the right direction.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that a player who can differentiate between their own goals and the goals others have for them is approaching the game in a positive way. By understanding where they want to go and not being swayed by external influences, the player is likely to have a focused and determined mindset, which can lead to success in their game. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 10. 

    Successful committed players see setbacks as opportunities

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Successful committed players see setbacks as opportunities because they have a growth mindset. They understand that setbacks are a natural part of the learning process and view them as chances to learn, grow, and improve. Instead of getting discouraged or giving up, they use setbacks as motivation to work harder and find new strategies to overcome challenges. By embracing setbacks as opportunities, these players are able to maintain a positive attitude, stay resilient, and ultimately achieve greater success in their endeavors.

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  • 11. 

    Good work habits are sometimes instrumental to successful players

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Good work habits can contribute to the success of individuals, including players in various fields. By consistently practicing, setting goals, managing time effectively, and maintaining a positive attitude towards work, players can improve their skills and performance. These habits help players stay focused, motivated, and disciplined, enhancing their chances of achieving success in their respective fields. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that good work habits are sometimes instrumental to successful players.

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  • 12. 

    The single most powerful predictor of success in the long run is commitment

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Commitment is the single most powerful predictor of success in the long run because it drives individuals to persist in their goals and overcome obstacles. When someone is committed, they are more likely to put in the necessary effort, stay focused, and persevere through challenges. Commitment also helps individuals stay motivated and maintain a positive mindset, which are crucial factors in achieving long-term success. Therefore, it can be concluded that commitment plays a significant role in determining one's success in the long run.

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  • 13. 

    A player's dedication to fielding practice is not as essential as his dedication to any other part of the game

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that a player's dedication to fielding practice is not as important as their dedication to any other aspect of the game. However, this is not true. Fielding practice is crucial for a player's overall performance and success in the game. Good fielding skills can make a significant difference in a player's ability to contribute to the team's success. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 14. 

    Success comes only when proper technique has become a habit

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that success can only be achieved when a proper technique becomes a habit. It implies that consistently applying the correct method and making it a regular practice is essential for achieving success in any endeavor. This aligns with the idea that success is often the result of disciplined and consistent actions rather than relying solely on talent or luck.

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  • 15. 

    You get out of something in direct proportion of what you put into it

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement implies that the output or results obtained from a certain endeavor are directly related to the effort or input invested in it. In other words, the more effort, time, and resources one puts into something, the greater the outcome or benefit they will receive. This concept is often applied in various aspects of life, such as work, education, relationships, and personal growth. It emphasizes the importance of hard work, dedication, and commitment in achieving success and reaching goals.

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