Getting out of a slump is one of the hardest things for an athlete to do. Being in a slump is not only discouraging, it's mentally exhausting. Following a slower-than-usual start to the season, Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has turned his 2016 season around.
Staying mentally strong and prepared for a long baseball season, Goldschmidt has been on fire lately. In his last 15 games, he has batted .407 with a .515 on-base percentage and a .685 slugging percentage. Goldy leads the MLB in walks (56) and on-base percentage (.428).
STACK recently had the opportunity to talk with Goldschmidt. We got some tips for improving mental toughness and heard his advice for getting out of a slump.
Know that the season is long and you can always turn it around.
The MLB season is 162 games long, and if you have a rough spot, you can always get through it. Don't ever call it quits in the middle of the season.
When things are going good, stay humble. When you are playing poorly, don't get too down on yourself.
Don't ever get too high on yourself. Stay humble and focus on continuing your successful streak. Likewise, if you are having a bad game, try not to put all the focus on you. Instead, become a better teammate and cheer your team on.
Learn from other teammates or coaches how they deal with failure.
You aren't the only one who has dealt with failure. Ask around and listen to how other people dealt with their struggles. Maybe they have a technique you can try.
Staying mentally strong helped Goldschmidt bounce out of a slump He smacked a solo home run in Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Watch the moon shot below.
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