I apologize that it has been a few days since I have written a blog posting, but I tried to make a commitment to spend as much time with my family as possible during our home stand...Man, did I mess that up. Hard to believe that we were home for 10 games, as it absolutely flew by. I had great plans to invest as much time as I could into my wife and kids, only to be disappointed by lack of prioritizing.
This reminds me of a quote from one of my minor league managers who said, "Good things can become bad things, when they keep you from the best things." What a true statement. I spent the past week and half raising funds for various charities in town and trying to help people out, (which are good things) but messed up my opportunity to hang out with the most important people in my life.
How does this relate to baseball and coaching? I think that we all want to be successful, and we can all get distracted by things that seem to be very important. Without a plan in place to put first things first, and keep first things first, we are set up for failure. There are many coaches out there who believe that the more time they spend with their sport, the better they are going to be. This simply is not true. Some of the greatest coaches in history, made their assistants go home early, and spend time with their families. Some current managers are not allowing their coaches and players to show up until late in the day, so they can spend time with their kids. These coaches understand the idea of balance, and people with proper balance are more impactful at home and at work.
So, the question that I am asking you, and myself, is this; "What are some of the good things in our lives that are keeping us from the best things?" Then, what kind of plan can we put in place that can fix it?