First off, I am 100% stealing this line from one of our parents (thanks Matt!). I truly believe that the thought of failing, in front of everyone, is what holds the majority of players back from being the best they can be.
To reach your ceiling, you need to work REALLY hard. So hard that people are going to look at you funny and ask, “why are you working so hard?”
At that point, the player has to make his goal known…which now means that everyone knows so if the player doesn’t reach that goal everyone knows he “failed”.
PLAYERS-here is something that is an undeniable fact…the individuals that are the best at what they do, whether it’s in baseball or in life, fail often.
They realize that failure isn’t final. In fact, the elite fail significantly more often than the average or even the great because they are consistently pushing themselves and their boundaries. While everyone else is content with a mild amount of success in a safe, sheltered environment.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid of “what if”. Put yourself out there this week…set a goal and see if you can accomplish. Even if you don’t, you’ll still wake up the next morning and will have another shot at it. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute