This particular opportunity has been years in the making, and since I haven't written a blog post in basically forever I'll catch y'all up on what's been developing in my life. So I invite you to Follow Me as I rehash my world in the last few months.
At the end of the summer I had an extremely humbling experience. My eyes were opened to the many, many areas of my work as a coach that needed to be improved. I realized that I was trying to focus on too many things and it was taking away from my focus on simply being the best coach I could be. To improve would be a difficult challenge, simply because I would be forced to leave my comfort zone, but I knew the process would be worth it in the end.
During this process I did several things to promote change in my performance as a coach. I shut down my podcast efforts. It just became too time consuming and took away from other aspects of my work. I also read the book So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport. This book did wonders for my mindset. But the biggest change of all was I prayed that God would cultivate me into a more selfless and impactful coach/person.
I could hear God saying, "I got you. Follow Me."
So from there I set out to pursue Him.
This past fall was completely different. I believe I had my most successful season of coaching ever. I felt more confident in my abilities as a coach and I could tell that my athletes were getting more from me. By using the strength God provided to me instead of relying on my own strength, my motivation to improve as a coach became less self-centered. I knew that my athletes deserved my absolute best but there were changes that I could make that would reflect this knowledge and positively impact them. This realization opened me up to a sense of freedom that I had previously been lacking. Freedom away from contentment, stress, and selfishness. Freedom provided by simply switching my focus away from myself and onto God and those He has put into my life (coworkers, athletes, friends).
It's crazy how much joy you can receive just from having to trust God in the face of a challenge.
Remember that phone call from earlier? Well the man on the other side of the call was the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Kansas City Royals. He offered me a Minor League S&C job which I excitingly accepted. In February I will report to Surprise, Arizona for Spring Training where I will stay through Extended Spring Training before heading out to Burlington, North Carolina to work for the Royals rookie ball affiliate.
Words really can't express how pumped I am for this opportunity. It will combine three things I love: coaching, baseball, and the Kansas City Royals!
As excited as I am for this challenge, I am just as grateful. Grateful for all the opportunities along the way that have lead me this this one. It is truly only by God's grace and love that I am being put into the position that I am.
When I heard Him say "Follow Me" I honestly didn't expect that He would be leading me into Professional Baseball; but I think that's the beauty of His plans, and the power of that simple, two-worded phrase. No matter where you end up, no matter what circumstances you encounter, no matter who enters or leaves your life, He is in control. He is with you. And all He wants you do is Follow.
"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel's will save it." -Mark 8:34-35.