Here, I want to show you four questions that baseball players should answer this fall to help themselves, their parents and their coaches understand where they are mentally. Why? Because context is more important and must precede content.
Context – my “why”
Content – the “what”
The questions are:
- How does playing baseball make me feel?
- Why won’t I fail as a baseball player?
- Am I fake?
- Is baseball fair?
As a child, I thought I loved baseball. As I got older and actually achieved my dream of playing professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs, I realized that I didn’t love it. I didn’t have the work ethic and passion necessary to continue to get good at baseball. I wanted the money and fame, but I wasn’t willing to grind.
How does playing baseball make you feel?
There is success and there is failure. I believe that making adjustments sits right between. Too many people run from failure by not even trying.
Why won’t you fail as a baseball player?
“Fake it until you make it.” This sentiment is real for a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands of boys dream of playing in the Major Leagues some day. And if you don’t believe them, they will breath fire. Being fake is acting more than you really are as a person and player. It can be a detriment to others. Why act like a Major Leaguer if you don’t put in the work like one.
Are you fake?
In response to being fake is the claim that baseball isn’t fair when things don’t go your way. Life isn’t fair and neither is baseball.
- Strive for success.
- Do your best.
- Failure can be a test.
Is baseball fair?
Remember: Intelligence tops being smart.
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, CJ 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.