Work: The Separator
Guest Author: Cory Voss
Where we find ourselves today in life is no accident. The success and failures of our lives are not something of chance that we have no control over. When I see people in passing or friends I have not seen in a long time, they always tell me how lucky I am to have gotten to where I am today. My response to them is always, “It may be lucky, but it didn’t happen by accident.”
Since a very young age I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and I poured my full self into it. Baseball was something that came natural to me and it added love and value to my life. For those of you who don’t know, baseball is a highly skilled sport unlike any other. There are almost no physical advantages in the sport of baseball and your success is mostly dependent upon how many hours you have put in to your craft. With that being said, if you want to be good at anything in baseball or in life, then there is no other alternative than work. Self-awareness and taking responsibility for your future is a lost art. Looking yourself in the mirror and placing blame elsewhere is putting your future in the hands of someone else. A beautiful fact of life is that at any moment we have the aptitude to flip our environment on its head. Once we rid ourselves of limiting factors like excuses, we open the door to opportunity and can fill that open space with effort.
Hard work and determination is the answer to many of our problems. When we make a decision in our mind, our body has a unique way of making it happen. Sometimes we are going to have to lose sleep, give up our phones for a couple of hours, and sacrifice our precious social lives to get what we want. We only have one life so why waste one second of it on something that is not moving you in the direction of your dreams? The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in war.
A hard concept for people to grasp is that the majority of things in our life are out of our control. We have no control over the family we were born into or the color of our skin, but we do have the ability to control how we use and think about our circumstances. A separator for many successful athletes, especially baseball players, is how they look at their surroundings. On any given day at the yard I cannot control the majority of the things that will influence me. These might include the weather, fans, umpire, playing conditions, or my spot in the lineup. This is all on top of the fact that baseball is a failing sport. If a professional baseball player fails 7 out of 10 times, then he has a chance to be an All-Star. In baseball you can do everything right and still get out, so getting on base or getting a hit is not a controllable factor. Therefore, we need to master the one thing we can control and that is our attitude towards all of these things. In order to have an elite mindset, we must only focus on the things that are within our control. Putting your energy into aspects of your life that you can control will allow you get the most out of life and will relieve some unnecessary stress along the way.
Success in my mind is outworking my competition daily and not wasting any energy by only putting it into things that I can control. I have a sickening obsession to be the best baseball player in the world but I do not let this vision get clouded by worrying about things beyond my control. Find your gift, put your full self into it with no exception, and have an elite mindset to use your energy in the right way. If you can do all of that, then you can see what this beautiful world has to offer and your dreams will soon become a reality.