The other day I was talking with a parent of a 12yr old ballplayer -
She was sharing how many of his friends, even his teacher,
Had discouraged her son and the pursuit of his dreams of being a Major League Ballplayer someday.
Now - I know there are more than a million boys out there (and many girls for that matter) that dream of playing in the Major Leagues someday.
And yes - we all know the probability (Not even a percentage point ever will).
But - the advice I always give nonetheless - is GO FOR IT.
Turn your dreams into actual goals -
And charge after them with NO PLAN B.
Because - our DREAMS - anything truly WORTH achieving in this life…
WILL TAKE MORE THAN YOU’RE CAPABLE OF (at the moment).
In fact - I believe that’s the point of them.
It’s not the destination - not the titles, accolades or significance of being one of the few who achieved,
But - the purpose of our Giant Goals - is WHO WE BECOME in the pursuit.
I don’t believe in Plan B’s - because no Plan A can ever be achieved with half commitment.
I live, teach, and coach - to go FULL OUT for Plan A.
In fact - I tend to make Athlete’s Plan A’s even bigger…
Because - I believe the Bigger the Dream that’s pursued - the greater the growth in character, values, work ethic, resiliency, resourcefulness, mental strength and skills that are developed.
(I do believe “HOW YOU DO ANYTHING - IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING” and hold all the Athletes I work with to incredibly high standards in all aspects of their lives - and the increase in their success is not solely on the field, but also in academics, social life, and family relationships)
And it’s that growth - that I believe is most important on the journey.
For most - there will be a day when Plan A is no longer possible -
It’s then - that I tell them TO STILL NOT GO TO PLAN B…
But - DISCOVER A NEW DREAM - create a new PLAN A - and carry all their developed strength of character, values, work ethic, etc…
AND GO AFTER THIS NEW DREAM MORE EQUIPPED AND PREPARED TO SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVE THE NEW PLAN A!!
Oh - and by the way young ballplayers - anything worth achieving in this life - will be met with naysayers and critics…
And many of them will be in the form of well-meaning, caring, even loving family members, teachers, friends…
My journey was (and is) no different -
But - it’s up to ourselves - TO BELIEVE EVEN WHEN NO ONE ELSE BELIEVES…
That’s what Champions do. That’s what BEASTS do.
So, Young Ballplayer here's my advice,
"DREAM AND MAKE 'PLAN A' AS BIG AS YOU CAN IMAGINE AND GO AFTER IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL AND SINEW."
I promise if you truly do - there will be no regrets - and there will be A DREAM that you do live.
And so before I leave you - I want to share with you the quote that I shared with the mother and son -
A quote from MLB Hall of Famer, Johnny Bench, that pulled me through many days as a youngster myself (and still does with my current dreams) -
“There are too many false things in the world, and I don’t want to be a part of them. If you say what you think, you’re called cocky or conceited. But if you have an objective in life, you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up and say it. In the second grade, they asked us what we wanted to be. I said I wanted to be a ballplayer and they laughed. In the eighth grade, they asked the same question, and I said a ballplayer and they laughed a little more. By the eleventh grade, no one was laughing.”
Until Next Time,
Aim High, Swing Hard, and Live the DREAM!
- Jason Botts
Jason is an Advanced Mindset Trainer, Performance Strategist, and former Major League Baseball Player. When not playing catch or shooting hoops with his own two sons - Jason trains, mentors and coaches Athletes of ALL ages to Increase their Performance and Achieve their Goals and 'Live the Dream.' Go to the Elite BEASTS page - to learn more about the next 6-Week Live Video Group Coaching Program (this round focused on teaching Advanced Goal-Setting and Achieving).