How to see your goals till the end

by Admin on May 30, 2018

There’s not a day that passes when dreams aren’t being dreamed and complaints aren’t being communicated. As a coach, my job is to move people from a state of becoming to one of being. The challenge is that a lot of people want change but won’t change.

Before the word coach was used in sports, it was used to describe a means of transportation. There was a horse, the coachman controlling the horse, and the coach that carried the passenger(s).

  • What’s your short-term (one to five years) life and baseball goals?
  • Does your coach know how to get you there?
  • What’s your coach’s three- to five-step plan to get you there?
  • How do you respond when you feel your trip is being delayed or that you’re being led the wrong way?

There are three negative things that’s going on in May in the world of travel baseball that must be dealt with:

  1. Talking without walking – Talk is cheap and everybody can afford it. You can’t get good without doing something about it. According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours to develop a skill. I’ve been coaching hitters professionally for 20 years and have amassed more than 40,000 hours of teaching. I’m willing to bet that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave more than 10,000 hours of speeches. I’d also bet that LeBron James and the Beatles have performed for more than 10,000 hours. How many hours (to date) have you devoted to becoming a great hitter?
  2. Complaining and blaming – The sign that we lack skills is when complaining and blaming is present. I’m an accomplished hitting coach, but I’m not good at listening. I often complain and blame when I cannot understand what somebody is saying to me, when I should be looking at my poor listening skills. Do you complain and blame when you aren’t getting the offensive results you want in your games?
  3. Hiding and riding  The hiders and riders are the average to below-average talent that play on above-average teams. They may have made the team because of the influence (make-up) and affluence (money) of their parents, but they’re hiding on a team that’s riding high while getting by.

Making the most of your summer development

There are four things that baseball players must do now to make the most of their summer phase of development.

  1. Be respectful: Baseball is a challenging and complex game that requires talent and character to develop skills. Respecting the game’s challenge and complexity will help you recognize that there isn’t a need for perfection. Mastering the game is the mastering of yourself. Here are the 5 A’s you must master to master yourself: Attitude – how you act; Adjustments – how you respond; Awareness – how you think; Aptitude – how you correct; and Athleticism – how you make things happen.
  2. Be real: Nobody will ever become the best version of himself. That’s why life is so much fun, because becoming is living. But living a lie is numbing, while living a life of value is invaluable. Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”  When I’m weak, I find strength in God and then others.
  3. Be relational: “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” These are the words of Mattie Stepanek. Who are the top three people who are spiritually, mentally and emotional strong that you seek when you’re weak?
  4. Be resilient: To be resilient is to face struggles head on, remembering how you’ve overcome past struggles. Strong muscles can help you hit home runs. Resiliency is a mental muscle as well. If your resilience muscles are weak, you won’t win. They get stronger by not quitting when you have the opportunity to quit. You may face a new and unique struggle tomorrow, but you won’t face it alone if you’re relational.

Struggle leads to success. At least when I’m struggling, I know that I’m not stupid.

So, what’s the sermon in a sentence? Have a process and trust it.

Remember: Intelligence tops being smart.

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.

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