Being Present


When I had high level success on the field, I was obsessed over the things I had control of: my routine, what I ate, what pitch was I looking for. Even when I had a statically bad game…0-4 maybe…I reflected on these three things: did I stick to my game plan, did I visualize what I wanted to happen, did I give 100 percent effort. If I checked those three boxes, I knew it was only a matter of time before the fireworks were coming! This focus on the root, not the fruit, releases athletes from performance anxiety, slumps, and fear. Let’s Go!

Brent Lillibridge

Dream big,

Brent Lillibridge
BBP Owner and Instructor


Mental Skills Coach Collin Henderson focuses on the root of success and shares a strategy to help athletes focus on playing in the moment.

Your Turn


  • • Things BEYOND your control
  • • Things WITHIN your control

Final Thoughts

Peak performance lives in the now. However, being present is very elusive because our brain wants to protect itself by replaying past mistakes and worrying about what bad things might happen. If this is you, you are leaving very little to being present. Like Dr. Ken Ravizza noted, the world’s best spend around 80% of their mental focus or more in the present moment… where under achievers are spending 40% or less.

In summary, below are 6 keys to be present in the moment and WIN… as in, focus on What’s Important Now:

  1. Focus on what’s in your control (the root)
  2. Focus on your breathing
  3. Focus on your routines
  4. Use your eyes to focus on what’s directly in front of you (not your past or the future)
  5. Compete one pitch at a time
  6. Monitor your self-talk and when negative thoughts pop up, use your “reset” word to get back to the present

With Gratitude,

Collin Henderson, MEd, CMC
Author | Speaker
Peak Performance Coach

“Thoughts become things.”

“You gotta live in the moment. I don’t care what you’ve done in your life, it has nothing to do with what you’re gonna do or what you can do. The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.”

– Mike Ditka

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