Personal development has had a major impact on my life, all the way from my success with baseball to my success with health and business. There is no doubt in my mind that if I wouldn’t have started reading personal development books when I was younger, I would never be in the position I am today. Here’s my story and why I feel that you should make personal development a priority in your life.
Baseball was my life growing up. I started playing when I was around 6 years old, started getting lessons around 12, and began traveling all across the U.S. around the same age. I was a good player, but there was one thing that always held me back from becoming a great player, and that was confidence in myself. It ate away at me. If I would strike out during my first plate appearance of the day, chances are I would either strike out the remaining times at the plate or not get a hit. Why? I beat myself up about it. I doubted my abilities after I came across one instance of failure, and that was striking out, so next time when I went up to the plate, I was timid, second-guessing my abilities, worried about my form and not striking out again. Well, of course, this caused me to do the thing I feared most.
I remember one day in particular when I had just an absolutely terrible day at the plate, and I mean ridiculously bad, like a 7 strike out kind of day. I was crushed afterwards, thinking about whether or not it was worth putting myself through this on a constant basis. I went home, was extremely down, went up in my room and just sat there, thinking about how bad I played that day, and then I hear a few knocks on my door. Dad opened the door, looked at me, threw a book down on my bed, and demanded that I read it. It wasn’t “hey son, I think you should be read this,” but rather “start reading this book.” I listened to my parents pretty well and dad looked very serious at the time, so I went ahead and started reading the book. It was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. My life was about to change.
After reading the first few chapters, I started learning that the reason I was playing so bad and could never take myself to the next level was because I was my own worst enemy, holding myself back from everything that I could potentially accomplish. I looked at failure as a bad thing and could never accept it, but after reading through the book, I came to understand that failure was going to happen and that I just had to accept it, make adjustments, remain confident, and move forward. This changed my game for the rest of my baseball career. Instead of getting upset and worrying when I struck out, I came to accept it and not let it affect the rest of my day. Instead of going 0-4 after a strike out, I would end up going 2-4 because I didn’t let failure slow me down. I went on to get a scholarship to play in college, and then received national honors my junior and senior years in college.
After I started reading personal development, I couldn’t stop. I read book after book, listened to countless hours of audio, and learned so many things about myself and the keys to achieving success with everything that I did. I guess you could say that I was somewhat addicted to it because it made me feel great about myself after I would read every day. I learned the importance of goal setting, staying organized, maintaining a balance between family and business life, how to self-motivate, how to become a leader, how to accept failure, the importance of bettering myself every single day, and numerous other things that has led me to achieve the success I have to this day. Personal Development is one of the main reasons why I was able to win Top Beachbody Coach 2010 and why I’m able to lead thousands of other coaches on our team to success as well. It’s also one of the main reasons I was able to commit to P90X the way I did, and why I was able to get into the best shape of my life!
Personal Development Books I Recommend:
- “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz
- “Talent is Never Enough” by John Maxwell
- “Personality Plus” by Florence Littauer
- “The Art of Exceptional Living” by Jim Rohn
- “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy
- “The Magic of Getting What You Want” by David Schwartz
If you want to start achieving success, start working on improving yourself by reading personal development books or listening to audio every single day. There’s a reason I recommend it immediately to not only the people that I coach through P90X and other Beachbody programs, but also the coaches who join my team. It’s an absolute “must” in my opinion and one of the main keys to success! Try to read at least 10 pages every single day. If you can do that, I promise that your life will begin to improve!