Chapter 11. A WINNING, PERFORMING-UNDER-PRESSURE ATTITUDE
Attitude is a matter of choice.
An attitude is a predisposition to respond. It's a consistent way of behaving that makes it more (or less) likely that certain things will happen. A winning attitude is a way of thinking, feeling, and acting that predisposes us to success. A negative attitude is one that predisposes us to disappointment, dis-ease, and failure. And a performing-under-pressure attitude is one that enhances success in high-pressure situations. Here are three things to keep in mind about attitude:
Our attitudes color our perceptions and affect our actions.
Our attitudes are our own. We create them.
Our attitudes can be changed.
Professional sport appreciates the impactof attitude on performance. When scouting a young prospect, a baseball organization considers both physical and psychological attributes in determining who has the potential to become a big leaguer. When I worked with the New York Mets, each player in the organization was reviewed periodically with regard to both their physical and psychological "make-up."
Make-up, a term that describes character, incorporates motivation, commitment, practical intelligence, coachability, confidence, composure, and command. Composure and command relate specifically to how a player deals with and performs under pressure. There are innumerable examples of players with seemingly limited physical skills, who were initially passed over in selection drafts and organizational ...