The best hitters of all time only got a hit 3 out of 10 times. That means the best hitters get out 7 out of 10 times. That's kind of depressing news to a hitter, right?

Only if we choose to look at "outs" as failure.

One of the biggest turning points in my career as a hitter was when I finally learned to redefine what a good at bat was. I knew I couldn't control whether I got a hit or not. But I could control my effort and focus at the plate.

So I decided to start grading my at bats based on three guidelines.

Did I...

Have an approach before I got to the plate?

Stick to that approach through the entire at bat?

Put a good swing on the pitch I decided to hit?

If I could say YES to each of these than I had a successful at bat.

When I adopted this mentality a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I didn't have to stress every at bat. I didn't have to deal with as much "failure". I controlled what I could control and that was it.

Try implementing this grading system into your at bats. You are going to get out alot. So get used to it. But stop viewing outs as failure. Instead, focus on what you can control and let the outcomes take care of themselves.

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