Because meltdowns generally come from small mistakes compounding
Success seems elusive until you achieve it. And then when you do, you notice that most successful people share a few things in common:
They continued applying effort, even when it was unrewarded
They avoided catastrophic failures that could take them out of the game
They stayed in the game long enough until an exponential rise occurred
Most people never get to Step 3 because they get caught up in Steps 1 & 2. One of my favorite alternative use cases for gym training is its ability to help with Step 1. And the most life changing lesson from my professional baseball career was overcoming Step 2.
Baseball is a hard game and every player makes mistakes in public. And the better you get, the larger the audience you will have to see your mistakes. Failing in front of thousands is always mentally challenging. The spotlight is on you. Everyone knows you fu&*ed up and there’s no hiding it. And there’s a great chance you’ll have another opportunity to embarrass yourself soon. That’s where the mind switch comes in. The mind switch that 99% of the general public can’t make: