Knowing What to Do vs. Doing What You Know - By Coach Ron Wolforth
There is a process to success.
First we must ‘know what to do.’ Many of us simply don’t know the many possible steps to becoming a more athletic, explosive and durable pitching athlete. We flounder around dabbling in long toss, long distance running, weight lifting, hiring a personal pitching coach, throwing our weekly bull pens, trying to tweak our mechanics…hoping beyond hope that when we wake up one morning in February…we will have gained 7 mph and are now a stud and heading to DI or the draft board.
Unfortunately, for the vast, vast majority of pitchers, said program isn’t the final click in the combination lock which is constraining all that untapped potential they were searching for. The conventional paradigm is just more of the same.
As we say EVERY DAY at the Ranch,
“If you do what everybody else does, you’re going to get what everybody else gets…which isn’t much.”
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always have gotten…and how’s that working out for you?”
Although that makes perfect sense to 95% of the population, still there is the seductive thought that you could still be one of the rare ones who is exempt from such maxims.
My comment to my son or daughter when they appear to be seduced down that slippery path of hoping to be exempt from the rules the rest of us have to follow: Even if you are one of the lucky ones and are truly blessed and gifted…you know in your heart, true success is long term. It’s sustained and built over time. It’s not a one shot thing. Look at people who win the lottery – 84% of those winning the lottery will be back to their original state in 10 years. They never learned or developed the discipline it takes to keep winning. So even with their gifts or incredible blessings…they simply couldn’t sustain it. On the other hand…work your way incrementally to becoming a millionaire…they can take your millions away…and in time…you’ll make your millions back. Maybe no better case may be made for ‘knowing what to do…and then actually doing what you know’.
Then we must ‘Do what we know.’ The ultimate success of students here at the Ranch inevitably comes down to how well and how often they do what they know.
Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes true power only when the knowledge is followed by action.
That’s why I always seem to return to the ‘burning desire’ component. For most of the young men I run across…they are interested in getting better…they hope they get better…they’d really like to get better. But it is not a burning desire for them. And in that case, no theory, no information nor any technique will be the ultimate answer.
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