It doesn’t take a genius to understand that simply just by setting goals, we come that much closer to achieving them. As a baseball player, establishing goals is the easy part. The hard part is staying on the same course towards that goal until it is reached, and are able to reap the benefits. There are a lot of distractions, and just as well, there are a lot of reasons to feel discouraged about your chances of achieving your goals that you have in baseball. But ultimately, the fact that the difficulty is high, and so few succeed, may serve you for the best in the end.
Baseball Goals as a Process
Through the process of facing challenges, goal setting is an essential part of taking initiative to achieve your goals. You have to have goals setting otherwise you wouldn’t know what your true goals are, what your deepest desires are, or specifically what you want out of this game. It’s not enough to simply say, “I want to play professional baseball”, or “division one baseball”, or “run a 6.5 sixty”. You have to be willing to write down your specific goals and how you will go about accomplishing them. Notice how I said write, not simply acknowledge them and try to remember them. It needs to be written down and put in a place where you can see or look at it every day.
Why is it important to look at these everyday?
When Hank Aaron was asked, “what was the most important catalyst to his success,” he’s simply said, “visualizing”. We attract into our lives what we think of, the mental pictures that we hold in our heads. So having your written goals put in a place where you can see every day will allow you to see these goals as already happening, as you presently accomplishing them. Imagine what you could accomplish if you wrote down what you desired the most out of this game, looked at it everyday, and imagined what it would feel like for it to have happened, The possibilities are truly endless, your success is truly and solely in your hands.
So you want to run a 6.5 sixty? Then list 10 things that you can do to make them happen. You don’t have to list them at once, but at least a few things. Maybe make a commitment to do plyometrics on your own three times a week for a whole month, or a commitment to stretch twice a day to increase flexibility.
If you have a goal of increasing your bat speed and smoothing out your swing, take the time to participate in simple tee ball drills. If you a player up north and it’s snowing, get indoors and work on your skills with indoor baseball drills.
Now that you know you are taking control of your life, you will be more convinced that what you desire, you can manifest into your life. So with action and the daily reminder of what your intentions are for baseball, improvement is inevitable.