By Tyler Tompson- 


2022 has begun, and I am sure we are all ready to put some parts of 2021 behind us. The start of the new year brings a sense of a “fresh start” to many people, including myself. Like many others, we start out on January 1st driven to set out on a new path with hopes to better ourselves in several areas. We set goals for ourselves like following a new diet, workout program, setting a financial mark, or planning something special with your significant other or family later down the road.


With high aspirations and motivation, we set out on the path we hope leads to achievement. We follow it exceptionally well for 4-8 weeks of consistency and can SEE actual improvements in many of those areas. We’re doing great! Then, maybe we miss 1 workout; have that 1 “cheat” meal; tell ourselves “Oh, I’ve been working hard, I can treat myself for the weekend”; and then we start to steer off the path. Now, our goals for the year are put on hold, caused by that 1 impulse or temptation.


This is extremely common, but why? What are the traits or commonalities we share that set us back? Some that come to mind are:


  • Lacking motivation
  • Lacking discipline
  • Lacking consistency
  • Lacking a detailed plan/program
  • Inability to say “no”
  • Guilt or peer pressure from others
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO)


There are certainly more specific points we could add to that list, but those are some of the major ones that come to my mind. We find ourselves working our tail off and lose motivation. We see our friends on social media out on a beach or at a concert and think, “Man, I could’ve been there! I’m missing out!”. We give in to too many temptations rather than just saying “no”. We finish phase 1 of our plan but lack the discipline to create phase 2 or phase 3. (There are tons more.)


If it were easy, everyone would do it. The path we’ve set out for ourselves at the beginning of the year will have bumps in the road and obstacles to overcome. Our goals will be hard to accomplish. There will be social gatherings, events, meals, purchases you want to make but can’t because they will set you back.


Get the picture?


Understanding that, the path to accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves this year will have its rough spots. There will be days you want to join in and follow the crowd, there will be days you want to give in, and there most definitely will be days you want to quit. I believe that to be human nature. So, think of it like this: With every obstacle you encounter and overcome, you will not only get closer to your goal, but you will help develop and build traits like Will, Grit, Discipline, and Diligence to stay on the path and reach that end goal.


Watch videos or read books on things or people that motivate you. Stay consistent with your program or diet. Learn to say “no” to the treats, temptations, and people that want to drag you off the path. This is what it takes.


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”


Ursula K. Le Guin


Embrace this year’s journey. Here’s to 2022.


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Important TBR Updates



  • New for 2022 – February Camp! Because all our originally scheduled Fall/Winter “Elite Pitchers Boot Camp” dates have sold out, we have added another date –February 19-21, 2022 (Sat-Mon). Spots are limited! Learn more and register at https://www.texasbaseballranch.com/elite-pitchers-bootcamp/ 



  • Information and dates for our 3-Day Summer Elite Pitchers Bootcamps and our Extended Stay Summer Program will be released in the next few weeks.

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