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3 Missing Pieces - Intangibles for Achieving Success

My two-year old daughter, Penelope, does the cutest thing. She walks around our house (like a princess, of course) with her index finger extended and resting on her chin, proclaiming aloud, "Hmmmm... Something's Missing."

I'm going to use Penelope's actions in a different context. Her inquisitive observation is spot-on as it pertains to many of the athletes I see today - many of which are skilled and talented but they're simply missing something. Now, as I sit here with my finger upon my chin, I'm pondering, just what is it?

Lauren was the best hitter to ever set foot in my training facility. She had a boatload (think cruise ship) of DI offers before she ever took her first swing with me. Yet, she wanted to get better.

Lauren, as good as she was, continued to be eager to improve her swing.

1. Desire

A strong feeling of wanting something to happen

For Lauren, she wanted to be better and her desire to improve never allowed her to rest.

“Desire is the Motivating Factor for Personal Achievement”

Katrina was a tremendous softball player, starring on her high school and gold travel team, and earned a Division I softball scholarship. She was a legendary worker – doing everything, always, with full effort.

Nobody would ever put in more time, work harder, or train as diligently as she did. This gave her confidence in knowing that while others were sleeping, she was preparing.

2. Worth Ethic

The principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous