Removing the worry from your thought process

(L-R) Reginald Hollins, Jaiden Byse, CJ Stewart at 2022 MBP Underclass All-American Game. Photo by Arsenio Watlington

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” — Roy T. Bennett

As I thought about what to write this week, the word worry stood out to me. To worry is to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.

I believe that the fall baseball season (August-October) for high school and college players is the optimal time to try new things—the time to determine what works and what doesn’t.

Winter workouts (November-January) are the best time to build habits and strength based on what works.

Try the N.E.W. mantra:

  • Never
  • Embrace
  • Worry

As you move up in levels, hitting a moving baseball is hard. It gets even harder because the pitches vary in type, speed and location, and pitchers have better command of their pitches, meaning they can attack any weakness you have.

The fall and the winter are times when you can be at ease mentally and emotionally. But then the spring season is when the worry comes for everything you didn’t prepare well for.

How do you respond to worry in the spring when you are not performing well as the plate? What fundamental hitting adjustments and changes are you willing make when you swing isn’t working in the spring?

Whatever you are willing to do in the spring, you better try it now in the fall to determine if it works or doesn’t.

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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.