When I was 17 years old I was the starting pitcher on the varsity baseball team. I had led the school all the way to the CIF Championship in San Diego, California.
I was asked to close the final two innings of the game. The score was 3-2 and we were in the lead. Behind the backstop were a handful of MLB professional scouts pointing radar guns at my every pitch. I remember them looking at their notes and calling to each other, “82 mph… impressive.”
Each pitch I thought to myself, I have worked my whole life for this moment. To perform for the pros and to be the best version of myself. And then came the last pitch to close the game…
The count was 2 balls and 2 strikes. I'm left handed and I was throwing against a left handed hitter (which is uncommon). I spent a few seconds rotating the ball in my hand looking for the correct seam with my index finger. I slowed my breathing and zeroed in on the left-center of the catcher's mitt.
I wound up as if in slow motion and pushed every ounce of controlled energy into that single pitch. 87 miles per hour. And POP! It landed in the catcher's glove as the batter missed by fractions of an inch.
Within milliseconds, I jumped in the air as I watched my entire team run toward the pitcher's mound. What a moment…
When humans work hard at something, they can be incredible. We can surpass normal and generate a skill that becomes intimately in-tune with our bodies. It provides us purpose and confidence and vigor. The video below proves what mastery really is. It will tear into your emotions, drive your intensity, and even well a tear.
What will you be awesome at going forward? What skills would you like to attain? What are you passionate about?