If you had the choice between going 2-4 with two singles or 4-4 with two doubles, a homerun, and a single, which one would you choose? So, if you can choose between skating by and getting a 3.0 GPA or being a stud that works hard in every class to achieve a 4.0 GPA, which one would you choose? With sub par performance in school, you will pave your future’s path with sand. By working as hard in school as you do on the field your future will be paved with concrete and you will walk the path you choose. You must want to win in the classroom just as much as you want to win in a baseball game. Do your absolute best in everything you touch, and be a stone cold champion in all you do academically…its that simple.
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One of the most critical questions you should ask yourself on a regular basis with regards to whatever it is that you are setting out to do. You need to continue to appreciate the processes of the grind involved in dedicating yourself to achieving something. If you are not present with your consistent desire to accel, be it in baseball or life, then you must assess and adjust your routines accordingly.
Get Better EVEryday…Live Like a Champion -Isaac Hess
This is our translation of Aristotle’s quote above. We use the word champion in our vocabulary often because we aspire to live like champions, we play the game to be champions, and to win championships. Our common goal is to Get Better EVEryday, to Live Like Champions, and to be better than the other team on any given day. We know we must work hard in order to achieve this feat consistently. It begins with being a better version of ourself each day, from the moment that we wake up.
In the MADE program we have accountability partners. For the first half of the season, our accountability partner is a teammate, in the second half of the season our partner is the person we see in the mirror, ourself. First we learn how to help our teammates stay accountable in their weekly Get Better routine. We write down what our partner did that week relative to the following categories…
1) Baseball – doing learned drills on your own at home, studying the game, etc
2) Fitness – MADE Crush sessions, stretching consistently, yoga, hiking, etc
3) Nutrition – Water EVEryday, no soda! Protein, vegetables, lead by example in your household and amongst your peers
4) Academics – study for a test, ace a test, ask for extra credit, lead by example
5) Family member – help your parents around the house without being told, be a productive, supportive, and quality member of your family, lead by example
After we learn what it means to hold each other accountable for their actions in the first half of the season, we become our own accountability partner. In the second half of the season we learn what it takes to be accountable for our own actions and we realize that we determine our own success.