The “Cheat Sheet”
As we are getting ready to enter into 2019, we often reflect on the past year as being a “good year” or a “bad year.” We tend to play a highlight reel in our head of both the good and bad events that took place throughout the year and say, “Hopefully, next year will be better!” So, then what comes next? We throw it out there and hope for the best? No!! It’s time to break the cycle of hoping and create a cheat sheet, based on facts, to make sure that in 2019, you have a plan to truly improve in all areas.
The first step to making this year better than ever is to first commit your efforts to improving and NOT JUDGING. WHAT!?! I love to judge myself, then beat myself up, and focus on all of the mistakes that I made, especially after a game! How am I going to get better if I don’t punish myself?? Now your reading this and saying, “Don’t judge myself, sounds great! How do I do that?” You just started the first step to creating your “cheat sheet!” We start out by using one of the most valuable tools that we have, the ability to ask questions.
We start out by asking the question and then you fill in the answers.
- What were my biggest successes this year and what did I do to achieve them? Example; I hired a hitting coach, I worked on my mental game….
- What were my worst moments and disappointments? If I could go back and redo my at bat, what would I have done differently?
- What is holding me back from getting the results that I want?
- What kind of knowledge do I need to improve? Example; training, nutrition, mechanics, strategy…
- What books, mentors or coaches can help me to improve?
After you complete this cheat sheet for yourself, it will give you a sense of control and a solid plan to improve. Every day we want to learn from EVERY experience good or bad, so remember, always ask yourself, “What did I do well and what do I need to improve on?” Once you learn to evaluate your performance with this method and not beat yourself up and judge yourself, you will see great improvements both on and off the field. Our goal is not perfection, it is to keep improving…
“Perfection does not exist — you can always do better and you can always grow.” – Les Brown