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The power of hard work

The power of working hard

Hard work hard work hard work. I could say it a million times and it still will not express how important I believe hard work is.

The biggest mistake you can make in baseball is, hands down, to assume that what you want will simply be given to you.

In baseball, if you’re fortunate enough to make a career out of it, you need to understand that you will be getting paid to play a GAME. The expectations for experiencing this honor will be very…….very…..high.

So what does working hard mean to you? Is it taking 100 ground balls a day? Or a hundred swings a day?

A lot can be said about the importance of repetition, but mainly its a required asset to becoming successful in this game.
Some have said that in order to perform at an elite level you can expect to put in around 10 to 15 thousand hours in to your chosen field. Can you say you have achieved or on the path to achieving this kind of dedication?

Why is hard work important?
Eventually you are going to have to be realistic. The chances of most players making it to the big leagues are very slim.
But the thing is MOST players aren’t willing to work hard enough to make it the next level let alone being distinguished at the level they are at.
Most players take the easy route with baseball and then are surprised to see the results they get.

So how do you take the hard route?
Do what is the most challenging and brings the most fear. Most players will be content with average goals and challenges so luckily you won’t have much competition in pursuing these challenges.

In college I had a teammate who was preparing to try out for a four-year division 1 program. This player was faster than your average player but was a right-handed hitter so while hitting, he couldn’t use his speed to his advantage as much as if he was a left handed hitter. He very much wanted to play at the college he was trying out for but they were looking for a player with speed from the left side of the plate. So about six months before his final season he made a difficult decision. He decided to become a switch hitter. He knew that he was going to have to practice twice as hard just to get the needed repetitions. As well he taking a big risk because he was going to hit left-handed during the season thus putting his starting position in jeopardy. Eventually he got the hang of switch hitting and went on to sign a scholarship with the team he tried out for.

This is an example of taking the hard route in baseball. Though you may be taking risks and leaving your comfort zone the rewards are worth it once you understand the meaning of hard work.

What kind if risks are you taking?
If you want to see results on the playing field, you have to be willing to take risks. Technically you take risks every day. You risked injuring yourself in a car wreck on the way to school or practice, and you risked possible food poisoning while eating. But you do it because you know that the rewards are what sustain you so you continue. Plus starving to death just isn’t an option.
Work hard or work smart?
Not only is it important to work hard but you have to work smart
I have a friend who has played the guitar for years but during a particular phase in his development he was told by his instructor that he was not allowed to practice without supervision of his teacher. He didn’t want his student practicing bad habits so he has them under surveillance so to speak. For the student, though he may have the desire to work hard, working the correct way requires a whole new set of skills, an important one being self-awareness.
What you need to do
The power of hard work can be seen in all walks of life and just as well so can the results. Be aware of what a successful career in baseball requires and see what you can do to meet these requirements. It is true that the chances of a big league career is slim, you can widen that gap by applying the right elements that you find here. So good luck and work hard!!!

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Getting recruited and a baseball scholarship

As you have probably figured out, with this being the age of information, there have become more and more ways to bring exposure to athletes. We can now use the internet to showcase skills of a player from half way around the world. But nothing beats an evaluation in person, which is why participating in showcases, and professional tryouts to develop a reputation among local professional scouts and other baseball institutions is very important.

There is a saying that if a particular player is good enough, or has the talent to play at the next level he will eventually be found, so there really isn’t much you need to do on your end to get signed or a scholarship.

WRONG

Assuming that you’re not a first round draft pick or player that’s heavily being scouted, you will have to take a certain amount of responsibility. For both parents and players.

It really does depend on what baseball institution you are apart of as well. It’s a simple fact that some schools and areas get scouted more heavily than other. It’s important as parent and baseball players to be aware of this.

It’s not uncommon for a very talented player to go under the radar. He may not of gotten the exposure required to play professionally or at a big school.

And though getting a baseball scholarship or signing a professional contract isnt an exact science3, there is a formula. It goes as follows.

Become familiar with the local colleges in the surrounding areas.
Have a general idea of expenses to attend college with or with a scholarship
Send letter of introduction to both JR colleges and four year colleges
Ask your coach to send letters on your behalf
Send fall, spring, and summer league schedules to local colleges and scouts
Play summer baseball( The extra at bats are priceless and bring large amounts of exposure)
Attend as many pro open tryouts as well as showcases( if you can afford it attend a winter break one as well)
Apply for other scholarships and grants that can be found here
Take act/sat
Register for the NCAA Clearing house( very very very important!!!!!!)

This may seem like a lot to do just to play a game, and it is. But believe me its worth it!!! The opportunity to play baseball for a college team along with an education, and or playing professionally is simply an invaluable experience. Just be aware that there are plenty of things you can do to make this happen so be pro-active!

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Having the right goals for baseball

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?

Well like what was explained in Chasing down the Dream or Law of attraction 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. 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

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Increase your Baseball Talent in 20 min


The interesting thing about baseball nowadays is that players are simply getting better. Every few years or so, a player has done something that no other player has done or has achieved something that  only a small group of players have accomplished. I think the available resources that are present for even younger players are responsible for this extreme advancement in baseball talent. Players are now stronger, faster, and have much more endurance then players 20 years ago. The stamina aspect, I believe can be attributed to players playing year round at a young age.

So with this increase in talent, you have to ask yourself, how does this affect you and your opportunity to play”? Do you feel like somehow you have been left out in this increase in overall talent? Do you feel like you lack athletic ability? Are you not as fast as other players, or dont throw as hard? Maybe you wish you had a bit more pop in your bat.

Increase your talent with mental pictures
Physically a player can do a lot to increase his abilities, and if he works as smart as he works hard, results will inevitably come, but what I want baseball players to become aware of is the power of INTENTION or what has been has been popularly known as “The Law of Attraction. I use the word Power because essentially that’s what it is. It’s power!!!! And once you have learned to harness and control this mysterious but wonderful power, you can have and experience anything you want, not only from baseball, but from life as well. So now that you are a bit familiar with the “Power of Intention or Law of Attraction, I want you to pound this concept into your head!!!! I mean anything that you would want out of baseball.

Since this is a very important concept to understand, because it can possibly give you everything and anything that baseball has to offer, I would like for you to take a look at your current situation. What team you play for, where you play, what kind of teammates you have, how successful you are, how much playing time you’re getting. Whether they are experiences that you presently enjoy or experiences that you do not.  All of these things that you are experiencing are the outcomes of your thoughts you have had in the past. You see, we are in constant creation of our lives, and depending on our “habitual thoughts” we experience either negative or positive outcomes.

Change your thinking patterns
If you aren’t getting enough playing time, guess what you created it. By thinking and talking about how much you dislike sitting on the bench, or visualizing or worrying about how bad it would feel and be to spend time on the bench, instead of envisioning a season where you are an everyday starter who has played a key role on the team. If your batting average is low…….yes….you created it. By talking about how much you suck or envisioning how embarrassing it would be to strike out in front of these scouts or fans instead of visualizing hitting a pitch up the middle, you have created a negative experience!!!! Did you just get released? Yup, say it with me. YOU ATTRACTED IT.! Instead of of taking the time to intend that you will have plenty opportunities to play professional ball, you wasted your time and energy worrying and hoping that nothing bad happens to your career.

Awareness is the key
So what do you think I’m trying to say? Be aware of how, and what you think!!!! Yes, I know your probably thinking I didn’t create the over demanding coach, obnoxious fans, the injury, or lack of support from friends or family, but I’ll tell you this, excepting that you did attract these things into your life is the first step to actually being able to change the negative experiences into positive ones

You see?!!! You can truly hit for a higher average, increase velocity, overcome an injury, sign the scholarship or contract you wanted, or any other thing that you can “THINK” of just by consistently focusing on things you want
( success) instead of things you don’t want(failure). Imagine the possibilities. I know its hard to because there endless!!!!!!
Very famous and important people have discovered this power and used it to do their bidding.

Albert Einstein- “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
Napoleon Hill-Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, it can achieve.
John Demartini-Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about.
The Secret- Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting

Take action
So you’re probably asking yourself, what can I do to become better at being more consistent with my thoughts. Like anything else, practice. Set aside 20 minutes a day. Quite your mind and attempt to visualize the best possible situation you could have playing baseball. What team do you dream playing for? Does becoming wealthy from playing baseball excite you? Visualize it. Do you want to go from a 6.9 60 yard dash to a 6.4? Close your eyes and imagine what that would be like. The more detailed your vision is the quicker it will become your reality.

It comes down to a matter of feeling. How you feel about what you see in your minds eye is important. If it makes you feel inspired, motivated, simply happy, then you’re on the right track. Remember Im not implying  that you have to control your every thought 24/7. Some negative thoughts are going to creep in. Its inevitable. But its a proven fact that a positive thought is 100 times more powerful than a negative one. So keep the positive ones coming, and when thinking this way becomes a habit, a way of life, you will be able to overcome any and all obstacles.

Mental Work
So the task is 20 minutes a day. Try this for a few weeks and see the results. Try small things at first if you’re a beginner at this (attracting a brand new Rawlings Mitt or a supportive friend off the field). Then with success, you can move on to bigger visions like a professional contract, hitting 400, or more playing time. You can be a better player in 20 minutes. Imagine what you can be in one month of dedicated positive visualization?