Integrity

By: Samantha Parrish

 

Durathro™ Training Cogs

  1. Wake-up/Warm-up
  2. Arm Care/ Recovery
  3. Mobility/ Flexibility
  4. Strength/ Stability
  5. Conditioning
  6. Throwing Program
  7. Mindset
  8. Nutrition/ Hydration/ Sleep
  9. Integrity: Personal/ Spiritual

 

If you have been to The Ranch in the last few years you are probably familiar with our Durathro™ Training Cogs. If this is the first time you are seeing them, you may have already gravitated to a number that looks interesting or one you think you would like to improve upon.

 

I want to talk to you about the often over looked Cog #9- Integrity.

 

Integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness.”  Coach Wolforth often says we are in the business of training men, not just baseball players- this is exactly where Cog 9 comes into play.

 

Every person should have their own set of morals. Often we have things in our mind that we know we value, but we don’t always make a point to list them out or think in detail what should be included. Working diligently at your craft could and should be included in your personal mission statement, but there should be more. Working hard should stretch to everything you do; school, relationships etc. This also includes what kind of son, teammate, student, athlete you want to be. These are all a part of the bigger picture that makes up you.

My husband and I have had many in-depth conversations on what type of people we want our daughters to be. The picture above hangs in our kitchen as a reminder.  We want the most for them to be kind, hard-working, and honest with a Christ-like love for others. They can do all of those things in any profession and they should. What I have found when we decided what traits we want to grow in our children (and ourselves), life actually gets a lot less cluttered. I ask myself “Is this action growing me (her) into the person I am (or she is) meant to be or not?”

 

What kind of person do you want to be? By now I am sure you can see, what you do in life is not who you are.  There are many professional athletes that are not people you would want to be friends with- don’t want to be like those people. Don’t compromise your integrity for the sake of the game. You don’t know how long you’ll get to play this great game, but you can make sure the kind of person you are doesn’t ebb and flow with the tides of life.  “For what doth a man gain if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” MATTHEW 16:26. You can cheat in a game, skimp a bit on your workout, tear others down with gossip- all in the name of bettering your career, but at the end of the day (and the end of our time on Earth) did those things add to your personal integrity? Stay true to those morals you hold dear even when it’s difficult- it may seem like it’s holding you back in the moment but I promise it’ll put you ahead in the long run.

 

I encourage you to sit down for a few minutes and decide what values you will not compromise on in your daily life- no matter the circumstance.  Our Prayer for all of the athletes we encounter is that they will be remembered for much more than just their velo.

 

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Come experience all the Cogs found in our Durathro™  training program by attending one of The Ranch events this summer.  Find out more at www.TexasBaseballRanch.com and click on the Events tab.

 

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