I was afraid to make mistakes.

By the end of my high school baseball career, I swung not to strike out rather than to get a hit.

With my running, I was training not to get injured rather than to see how fast I could run.

I was playing not to lose rather than to win.

I was more focused on trying to not let anything bad happen than trying to make something good happen.

I was playing defense not offense.

I was dodging failure and trying to prevent it.

That’s fear-based thinking and a fear-based attitude.

I stopped myself from achieving greater.

Start taking big cuts.

Stop running from something.

Start running to something.

Start running fast.

Do something that scares you.

Be aggressive.

Play offense.

Stop holding yourself back.

Get out of your own way.

Give yourself a chance to succeed.

Let yourself shine.

Let yourself be great.

And remember, whether you play it safe or take chances, there’s still a chance you strike out.

If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging for the fences.

Play to win.

Play to be great.