“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or puts its failure behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians Hall Of Fame Pitcher
I am a huge baseball fan. Played it for many years, watch it whenever I can, go to the ballpark whenever I have the opportunity. One of my dreams is to take a road trip to all of the recently built new stadiums and enjoy the local ambiance and spirit of the fans.
Recently I have found life to be more challenging then ever. Finding the right professional opportunity. Spending enough time with the family. Making sure to get those workouts in, eat healthy, have fun, learn, grow, support three teenage daughters (One is actually 20) – man life has become challenging. Add to that the desire to stay up on technology, innovation, new business opportunities, stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, e-mail, cell phone, text messages and the like. Whoa! When you list it it looks overwhelming.
What I have learned is that life does imitate baseball. Some days when you have all of your pitches working, you feel as if you can conquer the world. You can spot the fastball, buckle the knees with the curve, throw that nasty slider and of course freeze the hitter with your circle change-up. On these days, everything is so easy.
Other days we take the mound, but we do not have our best stuff. We make the best out of what we have. We course correct, use different speeds, try to change the cadence, think outside the box, we persevere and many times we succeed. These are the victories that we savor because we had to do everything possible to get through today’s game.
And then of course there are days where we just don’t have it. We grab a glove, get in the game, but nothing works. We try and try and try to no avail. It happens to everyone, even the best of them. But the best of them learn from these experiences, modify their approach, practice and prepare even more for the next game.
Did you have your fastball yesterday? Do you have it today? If not, what did you learn? What are you doing differently today?
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