If I told you 5 times a day to narrow your focus, I would leave feeling I haven’t stressed the importance enough.
In order for your development to progress, you have to begin to take ownership in the process.
This requires two main ingredients that must be part of your daily routine:
Do you know what they are? Keep reading and find out.
2. Narrow Focus
As we discussed the importance of intent, you have to understand that your intent molds you into the player you become. Let me provide you with a simple example.
John never had any formal instruction and only had access to the Old Iron Mike at the local baseball field. John was probably the biggest kid in the neighborhood but his intent was simply put the bat on the ball in the cages. His intent was to not swing and miss at any pitch thrown and he considered any form of contact as successful.
What do you think John’s swing would look like without any instruction and only countless reps? If his goal was to just put the ball in play, I could almost guarantee his swing would reflect a typical slap hitter, even though he was the biggest kid in the neighborhood.
John came to the park with a specific intent. His was to put the ball in play, and he isolated his intent day in/day out. Whenever you give the body a clear and concise goal and introduce it consistently, the body will organize itself in a fashion to give you the best opportunity to succeed.
The next step in the process is narrowing your focus through a trial and error process. The goal is to not eliminate failure but reducing the amount of times you fail. (Heard Paul Nyman say this once.) The best way I have found to accomplish the task is to focus only a single task. Let me provide you with an example.
John decided that he was tired of simply just putting the ball in play and wanted to hit with a little more pop. He realized there had to be some drastic changes made to the simple swing he had developed. So what did John do, the first step was changing his intent. He really had no idea where to start. With each swing he focused only on a single movement or feel with his body. He began with the upper body, specifically the hands. The first 10 pitches he focused only on the load portion of the swing and that only. 5 swings he focused on the back elbow and with each ball he put in play, he made minor adjustments to the back elbow based on the information gathered. 5 more swings focused simply on the front arm and again he gauged and evaluated the balls put in play. Each day for the week, he focused only on the load portion of the swing and nothing else. The next week he moved his focus to the lower body, he executed the same process. He picked one specific area in the lower body and measured his results.
I don’t know about you guys but if your plan is anything like our boy John’s, you’re going to be successful.
The development process will require you to:
- Step outside of your comfort zone and trying new things, even when they aren’t comfortable.
- Understand that it’s OK TO FAIL! Even though you may not find what works right away, you may learn what doesn’t and that’s just as important. (Measuring your progress with immediate feedback is critical).
“The development process is a system of trial and errors.” Paul Nyman
At the end of the day, your development is your responsibility.
Ok, now I need you to narrow your focus.
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