Now that the baseball offseason is here for everyone, we can look at some focus areas that will help us prepare for next season. Effective offseason training hinges on one integral aspect: repeating productive routines.
After giving your body and brain a break from the game, begin to look at and formulate some strength/movement training and baseball skill training routines. The most important part of having a routine is being able to consistently complete it.
In short, routines are a testament to our daily focus. What you do each day slowly builds your mental and physical strength. Your offseason routines creates the player you become during the season.
It’s like putting together a 3,000-piece puzzle. Daily progress will guide you towards your overall goal. If you try to do everything in one day, you’ll leave your body and mind spent and over-stressed.
“Human progress is neither automatic or inevitable. Every step toward the goal requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King
While most of us will never accomplish the momentous achievements of Dr. King, his quote tells us that daily progress is demanding and requires unwavering self-control.
It’s a challenge to face every day with constant focus in your routines, but it’s one that will reward you in the end. Some days you’ll feel stalled or almost like you’re going backwards, but stay the course and trust that all the hard work in your daily routines will pay off.
Most people fail to repeat routines, because seeing progress takes time. It takes at least three months to change a habit, so growth can be arduous, but your patience will pay off.
Have a goal to focus in your routines and use each day to be a better person than you were the day before.
Find enjoyment in your daily routines and apply focus in all facets of life. Try it with everything you do. Be present more often, and you will improve your mental discipline!
When you’re reading a book or doing schoolwork, focus only on that. When you’re having a conversation with someone, maintain eye contact, listen intently and be all there. When you’re eating or playing video games, relax and think only of the task at hand.
This will not only help your focus for baseball training, but it will elevate your relationships and daily life by saving time and adding substance to everything that you do.
By maintaining full focus in your daily routines, you’ll be able to experiment and revise your plans to find what works best for you. You’ll notice how long certain tasks take when you’re focused and how long they take when you’re not all there.
This relaxed focus can minimize the amount of time it takes to complete training, so you can have more time to recover and do things you enjoy outside of the training and baseball realm. Remember, it’s imperative that you find enjoyment in your daily routines both in and outside of the game.
With the changing of the seasons, now is the perfect time to start that new routine that you’ve been putting off. Find a challenging training routine that you enjoy and one that will boost you to your baseball goals.
Plan time each day or week to complete your training and stick to it no matter what.
By staying consistent and present with your daily, weekly and monthly routines, you will improve self-discipline and use your time more constructively this offseason.
Crush your routines and you’ll love to see how much progress you make as a person and baseball player by the time Spring rolls around!