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I’ve never exactly been what you would call a morning person…

Maybe that’s partly why baseball life agreed with me so much. Nothing like seeing the stands fill up before a night game, knowing it was time to kick it in gear.

So why then did I just attack Monday morning with a 5 AM workout that’s gonna leave me sore for 2 days?

Am I making a comeback??

Ha, don’t bet on it! My wife would have my head…

No, I crushed my Monday morning because I had a full weekend between working with the some pitchers and spending lots of quality time with my family so I didn’t have time to get to the gym.

But bottom line is I knew I missed one of my workouts.

And if there’s one thing I learned in my college and pro days it’s this:

When you let yourself get lazy and tired… when you start to make excuses and give yourself an out, you’re done.

You’ve just settled for less than your best. And who do you think suffers?

First off, of course, you do. Try looking yourself in the mirror after that… not fun.

We’ve all been there.

But here’s the other thing. Whether you know it or not, it’s not just about you…

Your attitude and your actions affects everyone around you.

If your teammates see you quit or give less than your best, they think less of you. They lose faith in you.

Worse, if they look to you as a leader, you’ve just given them permission to make excuses too.

And so the downward spiral begins…

It’s not just you – the whole team suffers!

So yes, my playing days are long gone. But I’ve got a different team now.

I’ve got my wife and kids… these little people who look up to me… My little girl who is crazy into animals lately thinks I’m as tall as a giraffe (I might have some height but I’m not that tall).

And I’ve got the pitchers I work with every week who look to me for guidance.

I’ve got all of you, who have been in my corner and have come to trust me for sound pitching advice ( I don’t take that lightly).

I can still remember those crack-of-dawn hell workouts my coach put us through in college…

He’d work us until somebody puked.

But even though I hated my coach at the time, those early morning workouts taught me discipline

They kept me on track. At 18 and 19 years old, I needed that.

But even more than that… they tested me. I discovered the toughness I had inside me. We all did.

When I look back on it, it’s unbelievable how many valuable life lessons baseball taught me over the years.

And it’s one of the big reasons I’m so passionate about helping young pitchers get better today.

Because, I know a lot of the pitchers I work with aren’t going to make it to pros… in some cases, their pitching days might be over after high school. That’s not pessimistic, it’s just reality.

But what I also know is this.

When you truly dedicate yourself to something, whether it’s pitching or anything else…

When you make up your mind and really commit to becoming the best you can possibly be at something…

You develop discipline and habits that you can apply to get better in any area of your life.

I truly believe this.

If you approach it the right way, and bring to it everything you’ve got…

Becoming a better pitcher can make you a better person.

I know it might sound a little over the top, but it’s what I believe.

Here are just a few of the things pitching taught me over the years:

  • Discipline
  • Focus (and executing under pressure)
  • How to deal with failure
  • Humility in the face of success
  • Respect (for myself and others)
  • Self-confidence
  • Integrity
  • How to control my emotions
  • Perseverance

That really just skims the surface. For more you can check out a post I wrote a while back:

28 Ways Pitching Prepares You for Life

Again, it doesn’t have to be pitching. It might be… I dunno, kite flying!

If you set out (with a pure heart) to be the absolute best, most outstanding kite flier in the world… really pushing the boundaries of what man thought could be done with kite and string…

You can’t help but become a better version of yourself in that process.

And that’s why I love helping pitchers pursue their own version of pitching greatness… to pursue whatever becoming a “better pitcher” means to them.

And that’s what got my butt to the gym at 5 AM this morning.

Thanks for listening to my rant…

I hope you go out and attack your Monday and get your week off to a great start.

Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

PS – If you’d like to learn more about the process I use with own pitchers to maximize their pitching potential, you can find it all inside the Ballistic Pitching Blueprint.