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We’ve all hit slumps, but perhaps none as bad as the one New York Yankees’ short stop Derek Jeter fell prey to when he failed to get a hit in 32 consecutive at-bats.

Jeter broke out of his slump, and you can, too. Here’s how he did it:
  • Maintain perspective. Jeter understood that a slump is just a statistical flat period. Over time, the odds would work in his favor to bring him back on track. He reminded himself that he would not only recover, but get hot again.
  • Stick to routines. Jeter played every game, knowing that taking time off would only draw more of his attention to his slump.
  •  Rely on skills. Because Jeter and his coaches knew nothing was wrong with his approach to hitting, they knew the slump would end.
  • Maintain an even keel. “I don’t like to see it when a guy’s going [doing] well and he’s joking with everybody, and when things go bad, he doesn’t want to talk to anybody,” Jeter says. “I never understood that.” By refusing to yield to negative emotions, Jeter positioned himself mentally to overcome the slump.
— Adapted from “Jeter’s Slump a Mystery With Few Clues,” Tyler Kepner, The New York Times

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