Serve One Another
- A player’s fully orbed definition of success must include the success of his teammates.
- Conscientious teammates better one another through daily accountability on small and large, important and unimportant tasks.
- An other-oriented practice partner remains focused and engaged when assisting a teammate in drills.
- Constructive feedback and face-to-face, tactful criticism are healthful and expected ways of speaking when working toward a shared goal.
- Connected teammates thirst for opportunities to pick up a struggling teammate on or off the field.
Study the Game
- A smart player understands the proper techniques or skills for a whole range of baseball situations.
- Heady ballplayers avoid thinking of knowledge as a pass-fail distinction and instead continuously strive to deepen whatever knowledge they do have.
- Learners shamelessly seek those who know more and ultimately enjoy the company of and conversation with experts.
- Experts become experts only by confessing the limits of their knowledge countless times along the way.
Strive (for Greatness)
- Ascendant ballplayers develop and depend on self-motivation rather than the herd instinct, especially when social and peer pressures to do otherwise are greatest.
- Successful players expect and are willing to invest time and energy beyond the traditional practice and game schedule to reach their goals, even when successful teammates aren’t.
- A realistic, detailed vision of greatness organizes a player’s efforts and offers a revitalizing lifeline when motivation momentarily dries up.
- Passion is not often natural or comfortable; passion is a choice and series of actions that propel a player through discomfort and give meaning to what would otherwise seem boring or purposeless.
Savor the Spoils
- Success can visit anyone, but success is more likely to make a home among those who can receive it with a glad heart.
- Experiencing growth as a reward is an end in itself.
- Enjoying personal or team growth and “victories” makes someone sensible not soft.
- Baseball is bigger and older than all of us…and pretty awesome. We’ll act accordingly.