The process of doing something to achieve an aim defines action.  Action builds trust and respect.  Action also elevates a person’s confidence when goals are accomplished.  It’s important that young athletes have a working knowledge of how to create action when looking to achieve their goals.  We want to make sure that our action is measurable to the goal and not just for the sake of saying we did something.  Hitting 50 balls off of a tee isn’t the same as saying you are going to work on the specifics of hitting and it involves a tee.  One of the worst things that a person can do is become complacent.  Settling on being mediocre and just getting by isn’t what life is about!  Successful people are always looking at doing more than the baseline activity.  

What I want to see out of young athletes today are plans that define their ability to stick to an action.  Let’s think of some of the things in life that require constant action or else something bad will happen.  If a hot air balloon doesn’t have the constant action needed to stay afloat, it falls.  When swimming, you must constantly move your arms and legs to move through the water or you will sink.  Lastly, without pushing the gas pedal of your car, the car remains still and you never reach your destination.  These are examples of constant action to achieve a result.

When I was a young boy, my dad would tell me that an idle mind would get me in trouble.  I took that to mean it was important to keep busy on positive activities.  My dad made sure that my brother and I had chores to do when homework and sporting events were finished.  Our lives consisted of studying, playing sports, doing chores, family time and spending time with good friends.  The consistency of our days kept us busy and focused on positive results without ever realizing what we were doing.  We were creating a behavior out of actions that would be carried into our teenage and adult years.

It is rather easy to get sidetracked by other options that are presented in our lives on a daily basis.  We call this the “butterfly effect,” losing focus on a targeted objective to chase something that may seem to be more interesting.  We want to firmly establish the activities that are in our daily, weekly and monthly goals.  It is important to keep everything fluid and manageable, but consistent.  The ability to see the results of your action will begin to build trust in who you are and how you want to continue progressing. 

It is important to have purposeful action.  Don’t allow negative thoughts to creep into your mind and distract your progress.  Don’t work to stay busy, but work to accomplish your tasks.  Clearly define your goals and take a mindful and deliberate approach to executing actions to achieve them.  Athletes that utilize these methods will see productivity not only in their sports, but in their overall ability to manage responsibilities and to succeed.