"The Power of A
Moment", reflects on teachings of Jim
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in the game of life, only you can call yourself out.
The Game of Baseball
Do you know how a baseball player
prepares for the game? He watches videos of the opposing pitchers, talks
to coaches about the other team, consults his fellow batters, builds up
his strength with the help of a trainer, inspects his bats, and goes to
intense batting practice. At the plate, he conditions himself mentally,
studies the pitcher's body language, looks for holes in the opposing
team's defense, observes where the wind is blowing, waits for signals
from the coach, and prepares to swing.
In other words, the batter gathers
information, formulates a plan, and gears up his skills and resources
towards that plan. If he misses the ball with his swing, he adjusts his
stance, timing, bat speed, etc. so that the NEXT SWING WORKS IN HIS
Let's learn from this. We know
that things change. If they are going to change anyway, why not take
steps so that its direction is in your favor? For example, perhaps your
job is taking you nowhere. Begin by talking to "other batters"
or build up your "strength". Maybe your industry's "wind
direction" has changed and you need to practice swinging from the
other side of the plate. Get
the picture? If you are unhappy with your situation, WHAT STEP WILL YOU
TAKE so that your next swing is better?
One last thing. In the game of
baseball, after three strikes in an at-bat, the umpire calls you out.
But, in the game of life, you are your own umpire and ONLY YOU CAN CALL
YOURSELF OUT. Swing the bat as many times as you like. Swing it fast
enough and hard enough and you will eventually hit that home run.
What is stopping you from taking
that swing? Are you afraid to miss the ball? Remember, you can take as
many swings as you want and you can improve on the next swing by
planning, training, and adjusting. Are you afraid your friends will mock
you if you miss the ball? Remember, only you can call yourself out, not
them. You don't even have to invite them to the ball game!
So, pick up that bat, aim beyond
those fences, and swing away!
* Based on the teachings
of Brian Tracy in his program, The Psychology of Achievement.
More at www.briantracy.com