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Do you always succeed in practice?

September 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Practice

If you typically succeed most of the time in practice then you are probably not practicing correctly.  Practice is a time to challenge yourself to push beyond what you think you are capable of doing.  It can be uncomfortable but that’s how growth occurs.  An analogy would be building muscle.  If you workout using comfortable exercises that are not too taxing then all you are really doing is maintaining whatever strength you have at the moment.  To build strength you have to stress the muscles over and over keeping them uncomfortable.  That’s the only way they will grow.  It’s the same with your baseball skills.

Unfortunately, whether on the practice field or the gym, many players spend way too much time practicing things they are already good at.  This protects their ego and keeps them comfortable but really doesn’t help improve their skills.  It just maintains there current skills.

When you finish practice, there should be at least one thing about your game that you are not fully comfortable with.  This helps keep motivation high during future practices so that you can keep addressing your shortcoming until it becomes comfortable.  

Then the process starts again with another skill.

Tomorrow’s post:  Tips for an underhand toss

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