photo from Tenn Tech

photo from Tenn Tech

Last June our son,  Jordan was drafted by the Colorado Rockies to play professional baseball!

Seeing his name in the draft was one of the most exciting moments of his life, especially because he didn’t know it was going to happen.  Sure, a few scouts had been calling him, but they always hung up with some version of, 

“Well, good luck in the draft, Kid. I hope it works out for ya.”

In fact, Jordan was working at a golf tournament when he refreshed the draft tracker on his phone and saw his height and weight, then his school and then his name. With some shock, he said to his buddy,

“Oh my gosh, I just got drafted!”

 About 15 seconds later, the Rockies scout called him, very excited and said, 

“We drafted you!”

Haha. His buddy whispered to all the golfers around the putting green, 

“This guy just got drafted!”

They all set down their putters to come shake his hand.

So now, he is off to a new phase of his dream…the very humble phase of minor league baseball, where he is already doing pretty well.


I thought back to the first year Jordan played organized baseball. He was already 10 years old, which is old in this crazy day and age.  At any rate, he ran to the chain link fence after a game one day and looked at his dad and me with a big smile. 

“I’m going to play professional baseball someday!” He said, and off he ran to join his team.

Immediately Paul looked at me and said,

“He’ll never do it. He’s way too lazy.”

With a gasp, I grabbed my husband’s hands, looked him in the eyes and said,

“Let’s just promise each other that we will never be the ones who tell him all the reasons that he can’t.”

Paul smiled a repentant grin and nodded his head.

Over the next few years, I would watch Jordan work really hard at his craft and work diligently on his mental game.

He didn’t have tons of offers after high school. He was invited to red shirt at the closest Division 1 school, and he was invited to start at a nearby Junior College. He chose the JUCO so he wouldn’t have to sit on a bench.

And that’s where he shined!  

When he faltered, he would call me, set an appointment to be my own client and keep his appointments like a pro. 

At the end of his second year at Columbia State Community College, he had seven invitations to continue playing ball. He chose Tennessee Tech and it was a perfect fit for him. A bunch of his teammates also went pro and I can’t wait to see where they all end up.

Right now, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to win YOUR game – whether your competition is athletic or not:

1. DO hold fast to your vision of success so when things are really hard you won’t quit.

2. DON’T let fear get the best of you when things start going badly.

3. DO have a system to master your mindset when you are playing beneath your potential.

4. DON’T complain about things beyond your control.

5. DO focus on gratitude all along the way.

6. DON’T EVER, EVER lose your temper and hurt yourself or another person.

7. DO surround yourself with winners.

8. DON’T talk about what you can’t do.

9. DO get coaching and make yourself coachable.

And because I’d hate to end with a “don’t”…

10. DO enjoy the journey!

If you or somebody around you is working towards a dream of their own, are you emphasizing reasons they can or can’t?

Let’s be “You can do it!” people. The world needs encouragers. When you look for all the reasons others can be great, you will unknowingly raise the level of greatness in yourself as well. 
Have you ever had somebody in your life who believed in you? Did it make a difference?




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