There is always a player on every team who has a negative mind. Most athletes have experienced negative thoughts or have expressed negative actions at one point or another. Does that mean we all have a negative mind? Maybe. Some negative minds are more dominant than others. There is a difference between having negative thoughts and a negative mind.
Negative thoughts usually occur after something doesn’t go the way the athlete intended it to. This may be something said to oneself after a bad at bat, giving up a home run, booting a ground ball, etc. We all have self-talks to ourselves when we are between the lines. They occur inside our own heads and often times others don’t even know when they are occurring.