Goals can be good. They motivate. They guide both teams and individuals. Goals foster improvement. They channel focus for an entire season, one game, or a single pitch.
Goals can be bad. They make it hard to enjoy the moment. They separate teams and individuals. Goals foster your ego. Once reached, self-fulfillment is rarely achieved.
Some search for fulfillment through presence. Presence is pure. It allows teams and individuals to play baseball for the sake of playing. It fosters awareness. Presence does not channel focus; it releases it.
Presence is hard to come by. It is vague. Once you are aware of your presence, you are no longer present. It fosters acceptance but it also complacency. It can lack direction and purpose.
Choose your goals with care. Once chosen, know that you possess the goals, not the other way around. Do not search for presence, for you are already searching for a goal. Instead, be present on the path to that goal.