The model of success for South Korean golfers is the “barefoot determination” of Park Se-ri, 46. In 1998, during the International Monetary Fund crisis, the South Korean became a national hero by winning the U.S. Women’s Open, a feat that seemed impossible at the time. During the 20-hole tiebreaker, she took off her socks and played a barefoot shot from a water hazard on the 18th hole to save the day.
Although she later denied the cemetery courage training, Park’s rise to the top of the world through extreme training beyond common sense and the dedication of her entire family to her success has become a formula for fame and fortune for Korean golfers. However, as the domestic tour has improved, Korean players are no longer as eager to challenge themselves on the world stage as they once were.
It’s time for a new Park Se-ri model, one that challenges herself to achieve her dreams. In this regard, Shohei Ohtani (29), who is thriving on the world’s biggest baseball stage, Major League Baseball (MLB), as a rare two-hitter in modern baseball, is an inspiration to athletes around the world, regardless of sport or nationality.
Ohtani’s baseball is about achieving the impossible
Since joining the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, Shohei Ohtani has risen through the ranks to become a top player, including Rookie of the Year and League MVP. This year, despite ending his season early due to injury, he won 10 games as a pitcher and hit 40 home runs as a hitter in a single season. This is the first time in the 154-year history of the MLB.
Dr. Lee Jong-sung, a professor of sports industry at Hanyang University, said, “The Japanese baseball community generally viewed Ohtani’s declaration as a reckless challenge. The main reason was that having a batter and a pitcher together increased the risk of injury and was physically demanding,” says Lee. “After these criticisms and concerns were raised, Ohtani expressed his desire for Idoryu even more strongly, because he believed that baseball is about challenging the impossible.” 토토사이트
Ohtani’s challenging spirit became a reality with an elaborate visualized plan. At the heart of it was the “Mandarat” technique, a form of self-improvement he used in high school. A mandarat consists of one core goal and eight sub-goals to achieve it. To these are added eight specific action items to realize the eight goals.
Ohtani’s core goal was to be drafted first overall by eight Nippon Professional Baseball teams. To accomplish this, he set out to improve his ball speed (160 kilometers per hour), pitches, delivery, mental and physical conditioning. So far, Ohtani’s high school game plan sounds great. But what makes his plan truly remarkable is the inclusion of humanity and luck in his goals. In order to be a good person, he made it a point to practice courtesy, persistence, gratitude, and consideration. He also believed that doing things like saying hello, picking up trash, and reading would bring him good luck while playing baseball.
The reason Ohtani placed so much importance on these seemingly unrelated intangibles was that he was simply filling out eight mandalas with detailed goals