“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – Winston Churchill
So you’re working hard? You’re serious about your swing development. You have a dream. You have a plan. Right?
Consider the story of Gabby Douglas, who won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics’ team in the 2012 Olympics. In pursuing her Olympic dream, Douglas could have continued to work hard in Virginia, where she grew up. But Douglas knew that the road to success lay elsewhere. So she chose to move to Iowa, where she found someone who could direct her work ethic, passion and dream of being an Olympian.
Douglas knew it wasn’t going to happen training in Virginia.
So, at 14, she moved to Iowa to pursue her dream. And today, at 16, that dream is a reality. Gabby Douglas is the first African-American to receive a gold medal in the gymnastics all-around competition.
A professed Christian, even she will admit that it took more than prayer to accomplish her dream.
If I were offered a job opportunity to be a hitting coach in Japan, I would have to learn to speak Japanese or hire an interpreter. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to function, let alone do my job.
Gymnastics. Baseball. It doesn’t matter which sport you choose. You can dream. But it is when you refuse to make the sacrifices to achieve those dreams that you fail. And then you get upset.
Truthfully, the dream can become a nightmare that fast.
I’m going to be honest with you. Becoming a major leaguer isn’t hard when you have the right interpreter. For many of my clients, reaching that level of competition requires physical ability, mental toughness and sound instruction.
Yet, in the world of baseball, swing coaches are deemed relevant only if your practice routine of hitting in the backyard for five hours per day doesn’t work.
Coca-Cola’s secret formula wasn’t created by accident. You don’t land an airplane by just pressing a button and crossing your fingers. And you don’t become a Major League player just because you felt the fire in your heart when you were 8 years old.
America’s favorite pastime is hard. To compete, you must first respect the game. True respect will lead you to find instructors with proven methods of success. If you want to play at the college level, your instructor must provide you with a blueprint for success, which, ultimately, will lead you to your college scholarship.
You have one life. So, whoever is directing your baseball career must know what he is doing. And no, just because they “stayed in a Holiday Inn Express” doesn’t count. It may be funny, but it doesn’t help you.
Remember: Good hitters must work hard and 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, 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 take your game to the next level, C.J Stewart has a proven track record of helping players reach their goals.