Converting habits to skills – and why that matters

As “Black History Month” coincides with the conversion phase of development for my hitters, it is a fitting time to reflect on personal growth, resilience and the pursuit of excellence. Over the past months, my journey has been marked by trials, triumphs and a commitment to overcoming obstacles.

From August to October, I embarked on a journey of exploration, trying new things to discern what works and what doesn’t. It is a period of discovery, laying the groundwork for future success.

November to January was dedicated to building habits and strength. Just as athletes train diligently to hone their skills, I focused on cultivating habits and fortifying my physical and mental resilience.

Now, as we enter February through April, it is time to convert those habits into skills. This phase requires dedication, discipline, and a willingness to push through challenges.

But sometimes, life throws unexpected hurdles our way. Amidst the pandemic and racial turmoil of 2020, I turned to running as a source of solace and strength. But recent struggles with arthritis, stemming from a knee injury years ago, have sidelined me from my passion.

The journey to recovery is not easy. It demands patience, perseverance, and a commitment to rehabilitation. Just as I guide hitters through phases of development, I must submit myself to a similar process:

  1. Develop a FEEL: Understanding the nuances of my rehabilitation workouts, focusing on form and technique.
  2. Develop the FUNDAMENTALS: Building a foundation of strength and stability, laying the groundwork for progress.
  3. Have FUN: Finding joy in the small victories, celebrating progress even amidst setbacks.
  4. FEAR: Confronting the fear of reinjury, embracing resilience, and pushing forward with determination.

In both athletics and life, greatness is not achieved overnight. It’s a journey of growth, setbacks, and triumphs. As I navigate my own path to recovery, I’m reminded that the greatest achievements are not accidental but the result of unwavering dedication and resilience.

As we celebrate “Black History Month,” let us draw inspiration from the resilience and perseverance of those who came before us, paving the way for progress and change.

Here’s to embracing the journey, overcoming obstacles, and emerging stronger on the other side.

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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.