"You must have an alibi to show why lost. If you haven't one, you must fake one. Your self-confidence must be maintained." - Christy Mathewson, Hall of Fame pitcher from the New York Giants
One of the most underrated qualites of successful people is their confidence. To be successful and triumphant, one must believe! There has to be no doubts. Doubts will lead to self-questioning. Self-question will lead to fear. And fear will lead to, even more fear.
So close your eyes, count to five and believe! If one lacks self-confidence, one is defeated before the contest has even begun.
So whether it's baseball, life or any game - one has to look and play the role, before any wins can be put in the book.
For more on Mathewson, check out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christy_Mathewson