I’m not usually talking sports on my blog but today is an exception! Not a sports fan? Stay with me, I promise there’s more to this post than scores and replays. 🙂
Like many parents this time of year, I find myself at the baseball field more days than not. Our son plays in Little League, my husband coaches and I volunteer as well. For the last 5 years it’s where we’ve made friends, wiped tears after losses or injuries and cheered on our favorite young people. It’s also where some of life’s lessons – and not just for the kids – have happened.
Yes, there are some life lessons that are easy to see from baseball and other team sports. Things like how to be a team player and the importance of hard work and practice. What I’ve come to realize recently though are those things that we can tie in, not just to life, but specifically to business and even owning your own business. Here are my top 5:
- It’s OK to strike out – Yes, it feels like a huge disappointment when you are up at the plate but at least you got up there and tried. What does this feel like in life? If you’ve never struck out, never tried something and completely misfired and made a mess of it, it may be time to ask yourself if you’ve been putting yourself out there. Have you tried something new lately? Have you pushed forward and done something even though it was scary? Is it really better to never try than to strike out?Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. - Babe Ruth Click To Tweet
- Don’t listen to the fans – We all have fans but let’s face it, there are always people lurking that wouldn’t mind seeing us fail. It’s a hard realization to some. In the game of baseball they are sometimes obvious – the hecklers in the stands wishing you ill will. In life it may not be as easy to see who is secretly rooting against you. What can you do? Well you certainly can’t make it your goal to make everyone be your fan! It’s a hard life when you set out to ensure everyone likes you. However, you can take time to reflect on who you really value as a coach or mentor. Let those be the voices you hear and learn to turn the rest of the crowd out! Who wants to see you succeed? Who has valuable experience that might be helpful to you? Those are the voices that matter.
- Control what you can and forget about the rest – Have you ever heard the only two things you can control are your attitude and your effort? That’s not just for baseball or sports either. Think about it, doesn’t that sound like something we should all remember about life? How much worrying do you do? How much of what you worry about can you actually control? Yes, I’m reminding myself of this right now too. What about your belief? Do you believe you can hit the ball? If not, I’m willing to bet you are going to strike out because in your mind, you’ve struck out before you even reached home plate. Spend some time to determine what story you are telling yourself – are they truths? Get your head in the game and give your best effort…you might just be surprised at what you can accomplish. The only things you can control are your effort and attitude. Click To Tweet
- Enjoy every moment – Eventually, the game is over. Then the season. Then we’re left trying to remember how the grass smelled and how it felt to hit the ball. Are you taking time each day to work towards your goals and fight for what you are passionate for? Why not? I have to tell you, there’s never the perfect time. You are never going to wake up one morning and say “today is the perfect day to quit this job I hate” or “today I magically have everything done so I finally have time to work on my business idea”. You have to make it happen. Yes YOU. You are either in the game or you are out. I’ve never seen someone bat from the stands! Do you have dreams? Goals? Now is YOUR moment.
- It’s not over till it’s over – The other night my son’s team came from behind to tie up the score and eventually win in extra innings. There were ups and downs and ups again. When all seemed lost there was a great pitch, then a fantastic hit and runners came home. How many times have you given up without playing the whole game? When was the last time you struck out but continued on anyway? If you are passionate about it, believe in it and want it, don’t let anything stop you. Rally your team and continue on. Don’t have a team? Find one! We all need people we can count on to help us and lift us up.
Thanks for sticking around for my sports fun today!