Hard work pays off, but think bigger (Brandon Phillips showcase)


Many times in my posts I have written about the need for hard work, intentionality, and commitment. In those writings, I have given examples of people who put forth that effort, people like: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry.

Their drive to be their very best inspires me. I recently came across some comments about another star athlete, Brandon Phillips, second basemen of the Cincinnati Reds that also has stirred me up.

This is a guy that begins his focused “off-season” baseball practice on January 4th, although Spring training for most players doesn’t begin until well into February.

He plays wall ball to practice fundamentals of catching, such as keeping the ball in the middle of his body and then bringing the ball into his body. He does drills to catch the ball in his hands, rather than a mitt to get the feel of the ball. He does side to side drills to make sure he is moving his feet and again, keeping the ball in the middle of his body.

“Whether you are looking at traditional statistics, the newer sabermetric statistics or just doing an eye test, Brandon Phillips is very good at what he does! Why is he so good? Practice, practice, practice. His pregame routine includes fielding balls with a “small glove,” which is smaller than the glove he uses in the game. It helps him develop soft hands and a better feel for the ball as he fields it. The unbelievable plays that Phillips makes that look so routine? They look routine because to him they are. He works on those different plays, the different angles over and over and his vision is off the charts. He can see what kind of play he is going to make before he makes it. This is what separates good players from great players – good players from Gold Glove players.” taken from http://www.datdudebp.com/2013/gold-glove-4-4/

The perspective that comes to me today is really twofold: 1) appreciation for a person who is committed to being his very best (mind you, I did not say “to be as good as someone else”. I said “to be his very best”.) Please don’t compare yourself to others. All you can be is the very best you can be.
2) is the hope that I would have for each and every person reading these words (starting with myself) and that is to be the very best you can be, not just in your vocation, but in all areas of your responsibility, whether that is in your relationship with God, your personal health, your family responsibilities, the stewardship of your resources, your work, your ministry, and your commitment to leisure.

All of these areas of personal responsibility are huge. This in essence reflects my passion as a Life Coach. Its to help people strive for excellence in all areas of their responsibilities so that they will live life without any regrets.

Envision what your life would look like if you were to give thought to how you can be your best in every area of responsibility, and then follow though on those ideas. Success takes hard work, but isn’t trying to be your best worth it? Be all you can be!


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