Easy. Stretch. Impossible. Your 3-step plan to achieving your goals

In the world of baseball, success isn’t just about talent—it’s about cultivating habits and developing skills that set players apart.

Talent is innate, but habits are what separate the good from the great. It’s about doing things well repeatedly, without conscious thought. Skills, on the other hand, are honed through training—repeating actions effortlessly even under stress.

In the journey toward success, goals play a pivotal role. I believe in three types of goals: Easy, Stretch, and Impossible. While easy goals may be attainable through habits built during practice, it’s the stretch goals that push us beyond our limits. And that’s where training comes in.

Training isn’t easy—it requires applying stress. But it’s the positive stress, known as eustress, that helps us grow and develop. It’s through training that we build the skills that truly pay the bills—leading to opportunities like NIL deals, college scholarships, and even professional contracts.

Some players may not aspire to go pro in baseball, but in life, success requires going pro in something. And whatever path we choose, it demands a good usage of T.I.M.E.—Training, Improvement, Mindset and Execution.

So, let’s lace up our cleats, step up to the plate, and make the most of every opportunity. Because in baseball and in life, success is within reach for those willing to put in the T.I.M.E.

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.