The vast majority of the time, when we try something new, we are going to look bad. It’s a fact. That’s a no brainer though, right? So what does this have to do with baseball?
Too many players choose not to try new drills or make new adjustments because they are embarrassed of looking bad in the short term.
Listen guys, we all stunk at that drill you struggled with in the cage yesterday. Whether you’re good at it right away doesn’t particularly matter. What matters, is your willingness to work on it.
Everyone loves doing what they are best at…the best fielders love to field, the best hitters love to hit, etc…again human nature. The difference between a good player and an ELITE player is that the elite player will work on what they are NOT good at. They embrace the new challenge, rather than run away from it or pretend it doesn’t exist.
Be willing to look bad today so you can look better next month. Development is long term…make the choice to look at it that way. Weren’t great at that new drill? Who cares? MAKE yourself great at that new drill. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute