The Compound Effect

By Tyler Tompson-
Events Coordinator, Texas Baseball Ranch®

 

As a former college baseball player and coach, I have had so many friends from other schools, teammates, and players say they were going to make improvements during the offseason and come back 10x better than before. Guys were saying they were going to get stronger, gain more velocity, put on or lose weight, etc., but they came back the same or the exact opposite. I would ask them why this was, and they all had similar responses:

 

“I didn’t have enough time.”

 

“I was busy with work and needed to make some money.”

 

“I was busy with summer ball.”

 

“It was just too much.”

 

All were along those lines. Even myself at one point in my career was one of those guys. Much of the time, guys would start out doing everything they could to make improvements in whatever they were striving for, but they would lose sight of it and stop working for it. They did not create an effective enough plan, were not motivated or influenced enough, or it was just too much to handle and too drastic of a change. They did not continue to do the small things day in and day out in their training to take them to where they wanted to be.

 

Back in the fall while I was a graduate assistant at Southeastern University, I came across a book on Amazon called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Hardy explains that if you wanted to make a change in your life, you needed to recognize what you wanted to change, make small choices and decisions that effected what you wanted to change, and consistently commit to them every day. While it may not seem like much in the first days, weeks, or even months for some people, over time, those small changes that you made will create a compound effect and you will see some incredible results.

 

As a baseball player, we need to understand that doing a little a lot is much more beneficial than doing a lot a little. While doing a lot in a short period of time may seem like a huge change, it can really take a toll on you physically and mentally. Small, consistent changes or adjustments to your daily routine or training can make all the difference in the long run.

 

You simply do not gain velocity by throwing 85% every day to save yourself arm fatigue or have better break on your curveball working on it 1-3 days a week. You have to constantly push your limits and break new velocity barriers. You have to throw every day and develop feel and spin for your curveball. Clayton Kershaw did not just happen to one day get lucky and have one of the best curveballs in the Major Leagues. He worked and committed to it every single day.

 

Push yourself. Test your limits. Have self-discipline and be committed to your own success.

 

So, if you want to make a change in your life, you have to trust in the process and start making the small choices every single day that move towards that goal. Over time, those choices you make will turn into habits and influence you to make better decisions moving forward not only in baseball, but in life as well.

 

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