Archive for January, 2013
Wait a minute….I thought it was 7 habits?
Yes. You are right. Stephen Covey’s famous book is titled “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”. But, I’ve decided to take a Green Light Hitting take on Covey’s book. I don’t think my blog audience is ready for habits 3-7. I think they need to fully embrace and master habits 1 and 2 before they can move to habit #3.
HABIT #1 – BE PROACTIVE
Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. You can’t keep blaming everything on your parents or grandparents. Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.” They don’t blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they choose their behavior. Reactive people, on the other hand, are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior.
Baseball Application = Be honest about your current weaknesses and work hard to address them. Don’t wait until Mr. Hardthrower “smokes one past you” to start working on your bat quickness drills. Awesome GLH quickness drill here.
HABIT #2 – BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
Habit 2 is based on imagination–the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default.
Baseball Application = Where do you see yourself when you “grow up”? Do you want to play high school baseball? Do you want to play college baseball? Do you want to dominate? See it in your mind first…Then work hard to create that vision. I can’t tell you how many successful parents ask for my advice on how hard they should be pushing their talented son. They are concerned about “burnout”. What do I tell them? Sorry…That’s habit #3!!!
A well respected training facility posted a video recently about “Baseball Specific” training on their Facebook page. As I have heard many good things about this facility, I’m going to chalk their video up to having “a bad day”.
Dr. Bob Gorinski (CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and The “Go” in GoWags) wrote an excellent article about what true power training for baseball is. You can find the blog here.