A slump is a prolonged fall in performance and being in a hitting slump sucks. Imagine that a hitting slump was a 500-pound boulder that you had to push to the baseball field everyday. Heavy, right?
Now imagine you had a large wrecking ball that could be used to bust that boulder.
The wrecking ball is discipline, and hitters by the millions lack it. Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it. It requires discipline to complain and blame when things aren’t going your way.
But it also requires discipline to get the thousands of reps required to build a habit, convert the habit to a skill, and then maintain the skill so that at least you have a good attitude when you’re slumping at the plate.
How much time are you willing to give to train to get more hits?
There are seven parts to the swing. And, as we know, it takes 3,000 reps to build a habit. That’s 21,000 reps to build a habit. Another 21,000 is required to convert the habit to a skill. And then another 21,000 to maintain the skill.
- Stance/Load x 3,000 reps
- Timing x 3,000
- Tempo x 3,000
- Tracking x 3,000
- Approach x 3,000
- Contact x 3,000
- Extension/Finish x 3,000
“We have met the enemy and it is ourselves.”
How does this quote make you feel?
The summer is all about maintaining skills, and this is what the rest of the year looks like every year. There is no off-season for training or complaining.
- August – October (Assessment) x 21,000 reps
- November – January (Build Habits) x 21,000
- February – April (Convert Habits to Skills) x 21,000
- May – July (Maintain Skills) x 21,000
Remember: Intelligence trumps 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, 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.
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