“You must be before you can do, you must do before you can have.”
I read this quote recently in one of my daily studies. I have fallen in love with it because I believe it captures the process we must follow in order to have what we want in life.
We all have wants, things that we want to have. Before we have something, we must do something. In most instances, we must pay before we receive or get. Before we have a starting spot, we must prove that we are one of the best nine. Before we make the all star team, we must earn that through the way we play. Before we are a great hitter we must work incessantly at becoming a great hitter. Before we ______________, we must prepare in a relentless fashion. Your commitment to preparation must match or exceed your desired level of accomplishment. If you want to have great things happen, you must practice great preparation. If you want to have exceptional things happen, you must have an exceptional level of preparation.
In order to do the things we want, we have to be a certain type of player and a certain type of a person. We have to be a person Who has passion, who has integrity, who has drive, who has the work ethic, who is disciplined, who is unselfish, etc.
These things that we must be become who we are. They become our character, they become what helps define us as a person, and they guide our every thought and action.
So we find ourselves being this type of person not only on the baseball field but in the classroom, in the hallways, in our homes, in our churches, and in our community.
The 2020 LHS baseball season will be an opportunity for our players and coaches to define a vision for their lives and then become the type of person to fulfill that vision they have created.
I look forward to the 2020 season with great anticipation.