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Is your velocity where you want it to be right now?
Are your off-speed pitches breaking like you want them too?
Are you really doing all you can do to be the pitcher you deserve to be?
If not, Why? What’s holding you back?
Today I would like to write about something that has really helped me go after my goals and dreams. In fact, it’s been my motto for the last year or so. I’m anxious to share this with you because I’ve been able to achieve some amazing goals in short periods of time. Goals that would have normally taken me years to accomplish; I have accomplished them within months.
This motto I am referring to is the “Whatever it takes” attitude.
Whatever it takes means you literally will do “whatever it takes” to accomplish anything in your life.
e.g. If you commit to an hour workout every day, you don’t let “anything” get in your way of accomplishing that goal. You do “whatever it takes” to make it happen, no matter what trials or obstacles come your way. And you know those obstacles will be there; they are there for all of us.
The great thing about the “whatever it takes” mindset is you can apply it to literally any aspect of your life; relationships with your family and friends, your pitching workouts, your nutrition, your school work etc.
Since applying this attitude in my own life I have been incredibly happy with what I have been able to achieve and look forward with great anticipation to see what happens in the next 5, 10 ,20 years.
That being said..Since I have applied this new attitude, I have been surprised at how many people have approached me to inform me to “slow down” “take it easy” “relax”.
Does that sound familiar to you when you are religiously following your goals and dreams? At times, don’t people think you’re crazy when you’re doing whatever it takes to improve your life?
I think we are living in a world today that is becoming more and more accepting of mediocrity and “average” thinking.
Let me give you just a couple examples of what I’m referring to.
Have you ever heard anyone tell you that you shouldn’t set your goals so high you won’t be able to accomplish them?
That’s crazy talk!
What about the story of the tortoise and the hare?
The lesson we hear all too often is slow and steady wins the race. Do you believe it? I sure don’t! This story implies that we should all live our lives like tortoises- people that approach their goals very slowly. The story continues to tell us that the hare eventually runs out of energy because he went all out and didn’t have enough energy to win the race.
I believe a better story would be to approach our goals and dreams in baseball like the tortoise and the hare. We should attack our goals very aggressively from the beginning and never stop!
The truth of the matter is there is no shortage of energy, no shortage of your potential; there are no limits to your pitching ability.
Here are two quotes I like that I feel are better deserving of our attention.
“Never reduce a target goal; instead increase your actions.”
“The right acts done to the right degree over time will make you successful.” Grant Cardone
In conclusion, ask yourself these questions.
What would change for you if you applied the “whatever it takes” attitude?
Would your workouts be more intense? Would your pitches be more effective? Would batters fear you? Would you have a better chance to play in the MLB?
What would your life be like if you embraced this attitude?
I want to encourage you to set and achieve very high goals. Expect more from yourself than anyone expects of you. Embrace the “whatever it takes” mentality and be the pitcher you deserve to be. Don’t settle for “average”.
Today I encourage you to get your own copies of my Pitching Mechanics / Coaching Pitchers and the Pitching Grips and Workouts DVD’s. I’m confident they will help you on your journey to becoming the best pitcher you can be!
Have a great day!
The Pitching Academy