Many of you have heard this story if you have not you onlyneed google “worst screw ups in sports history” and you will find it at the topof the list.
Game 6 of the 1986 world series, the Boston Red Sox lead theseries 3-2, the New York Mets are down to their last out in the 9thinning trailing the Sox 5-3; the champagne is on ice in the locker room tocelebrate the first Boston Red Sox WorldChampionship since 1918. The Mets manageto tie the game and have the winning run on base when a routine ground ball ishit down the first base line towards Bill Buckner;
if he makes the play theSox are crowned champions.….
….The ball dribbles through his legs
The Mets score and win; Boston cannot recover in game 7 andhave to watch the Mets claim the World Series trophy when they were only oneout away just days earlier.
What you might not know is that Bill Buckner gave aninterview to a sports reporter 12 days before the 1986 world series, here is adirect WORD for WORD quote from that interview;
“The dreams are that you are going to have a great seriesand win and the nightmares are that you are going to let the winning run scoreon a ground ball through your legs”
Was Buckner able to see into the future? Or perhaps thefuture was determined by what he saw
The famous quote by Henry Ford reads “whether you think youcan or you think you can’t you are right”. But how true is this statement?
My interest and passion in bodybuilding is what began mycareer in fitness; as all bodybuilders I was and still am a huge Arnold fan.One quote I always remember reading from the Terminator was “what the mindsees the body can achieve”. Arnold was known to spend hours justvisualizing his training, physique and the outcome of competitions. His quoteis powerful because time and time again those visions had a habit of comingtrue. As in all areas in life the pendulum swings both ways, negative visionscan also become realities.
Through Buckner’s interview we got a rare glimpse into hishead weeks before the series. We don’toften know what athletes are thinking or what their expectations are beforecompletion and high pressure situations. With Bill Buckner we know that for at least 2 weeks before the serieseven began his was visualizing in his head the winning run scoring on a groundball between his legs.
Our mindset is a powerful thing; it has the power toinfluence my perceptions which in turn become my realities. In every part of your day, all the littleevents and the mundane details practice approaching each situation visualizingwhat you want the outcome to be. Do thisenough on the little things and it will become a reaction when the BIG momentsin life arise.