Updated: Jun 14, 2019
6:30 AM Wake-up
For as long as I can remember, the game of baseball has been woven into the fabric of my being.
Every day, I miss playing the game. I am fortunate and grateful to be able to pass along my passion to the players that I am privileged to coach.
The game has given me so much, and as player, in high school and college, I underachieved. All I did was take. I didn't give it the respect it deserved off of the field. I lacked the discipline required to be the best version of myself, as a baseball player and as a young man. I succumbed to distractions that sent me down a path away from my purpose. I didn't do the work.
In turn, I never maximized my abilities as a player, and I came nowhere close to achieving my dreams. I will live with the pain of that regret for the rest of my life.
I have learned a tremendous amount since then, about myself and the world around me. I have grown more in the last 4 months than I did in the prior 10 years. My commitment to self-discipline and living intentionally in the moment is rapidly changing my life.
I will continue to pursue learning more and living better until the day that I die.
I am fully committed to serving and giving my entire self to the people that I love, starting with my family and carrying over to the players that I coach, the people that I work with, and the friends that I surround myself with.
If I can help guide one person away from the distractions that lead to pain and regret toward a path of fulfillment and freedom, I will have done my job. And then I will try to do my job again, and again, and again, and again.
I have big dreams and high aspirations. Some of them might never come to fruition. But, this time, if I fail, it won't be for a lack of discipline. I will live the duration of my life knowing that I gave it my all at every turn.
The pain of discipline is temporary and leads to tremendous freedom. The pain of regret lasts forever. You get to choose your path. Choose wisely.
*disclaimer: I am very very happy. I have a beautiful and supportive wife, 3 wonderful and healthy children, and a career that I love. I can't wait to see what life has in store for us. We're just getting started.