Yes, I did; and yes, I was that good. But…
Some may think this was a stupid decision but, like anyone else that chooses not to pursue a great opportunity, I had my reasons.
I Was Comfortable
At the time, I was used to having little to no responsibilities. All I had to do was go to class, eat, sleep, and clean my room.
Going pro meant going to a different country and fending for myself. Other than the tiny monthly allowance for personal expenses, I was going to be all by myself. I would have gone from one extreme to the other.
I Didn’t Value Myself
This was a straight violation of The Law of The Mirror – You Must Value Yourself to Add Value to Yourself.
I didn’t think I was good or worthy enough.
I always found ways to invalidate the great feedback from coaches and players.
In other words, I was always looking for excuses to validate my beliefs about my playing ability.
I Focused on The Wrong Things
I found many reasons to shut down the idea of being a professional baseball player. Here are some examples:
- The signing bonus was tiny.
- I had to make it to the MLB in order to receive the full amount.
- I was going to miss college for several years.
- I had too many mistakes on my swing.
- I was going to be by myself.
- It wasn’t the right time.
In my fixation with perfect performance I forgot to have fun and appreciate the opportunity to make a career out of something I loved to do.
In the end, I chose safety and comfort over passion and dreams.
The only thing I regret from this decision is missing the opportunity to have an experience that is not shared by everyone.
What excuses have you used to stop yourself from following your dreams?