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Quick Softball Tip: Do You Know Where You’re Headed?


By Stacie Mahoe

Most softball players and coaches dedicate quite of bit of time to softball each week. In fact, you may even fall into the category of spending a “ton” of time on softball when you’re in season. However, it’s surprising how often players or coaches train, compete, and spend hours of their time on this game with only the vague purpose of having fun or wanting to “get better.”  It almost boggles my mind how much time and energy some commit to softball without really giving much thought to exactly what they want to accomplish this season or even over the course of the next 2-3 seasons.

Are you one of those people? Think about it. If I asked you right now to tell me where you want to be softball-wise at the end of this season, what would you tell me? How specific would your answer be? Do you even know what your first and biggest goal would be? If you only accomplished ONE thing, what would you want it to be? Is it a hitting goal or a defensive goal? Is it a speed and agility goal or softball skills goal? Is it more of a personal goal or one for the team you’re on?

If you’re not sure and can’t answer any of those questions with any certainty in less than 30 seconds, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone and I’m going to help you do something about that right now.

Is it really that important to do all that thinking and know all that stuff?
Before we get into the details of all that, let’s talk about why it’s so important.

You probably wouldn’t get in your car and start driving without first knowing where you want to go.  Right? 
If you would, then go ahead and stop reading right here. 😉

If not, read on…

Imagine if you live in California and just start driving “somewhere,” what are the chances you’ll actually end up in a place you really want to be?  If you live in California and KNOW you want to get to Las Vegas, however, you have a much better chance of actually ending up exactly where you want to be and quicker than if you just got in your car and started driving without a specific destination in mind.

Well guess what…The same is true with your softball journey!  How can you end up where you want to be next month or at the end of the season or at the end of next season if you have no specific destination in mind?

Do you have a vision of where you want to be at the end of this season or next?  Do you know what your BIG softball dreams are? Do you have a clear, specific, detailed idea of what you want to accomplish? Or are you wandering around just trying to become a “better” softball player?

If not, now is as good a time as any to sit down and figure it out.  Get out a piece of paper and a pen or pencil (or simply open up a word processing document on your computer) and just start jotting down your biggest softball dreams.  After you’ve listed a bunch of “stuff” go through it and choose your Top 5 softball wants (or 10 if you’re feeling ambitious)

Once you have your top picks chosen, the ones that really, REALLY matter to you most, get more specific about them.  What exactly do you want to do and when do you want to do it by? 

Make your list and keep it in a place you’ll see it often.  Tape it next to your mirror in the bathroom.  Take a picture of it on your phone and set it as your wall paper.  Post it on the door of your refrigerator.  You get the idea.  Just put it somewhere you’re reminded of it daily.  Put your softball dream list up in multiple places if you have to.  Having your goals and dreams IN sight constantly will help you make the best choices you need to get you there on a daily basis!


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