Have you heard the story about the little boy who went out to practice? He had his baseball cap, a ball, and his trusty bat. He tossed the ball high into the air saying, “I’m the greatest batter in the world!” He swung and missed. “Strike one,” he said. He picked up the ball, looked at it, and tossed it up again. “I’m the greatest batter in the world!” he said as he swung. Again, he missed. “Strike two.” He picked up the ball, looked at his bat, and again tossed the ball into the air. “I’m the greatest batter in the world!” He swung with all his might … and missed for the third time. Plenty of kids would be discouraged, but not this one. He picked up the ball, smiled, and said, “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”
Like the kid with the bat, we all strike out. This is why we all appreciate a new year – it’s a fresh start.
But it doesn’t take long to realize that it might be a new year, but you’re the same you and I’m the same me.
And most of us quit any goals we’ve set. But why?
It’s not because we don’t have enough motivation or willpower. It’s not about positive thinking or that we “just don’t want it enough.”
It’s because we have a hard time internalizing that kid’s perspective. Our perspective tends to be more black-and-white, all-or-nothing.
Of course, life doesn’t work that way, but that’s all we see. So we get stressed, frustrated, and can’t see a strike as anything else.
You know that cliché about how we can’t adjust the wind but we can adjust the sails? Yeah – think about that for a moment. A strike is just an adjustment, not the end of the game.
As you achieve goals, nobody ever asks “how many adjustments did you make?” Because they aren’t important. Not at the point of achievement, and not now either. Keep swinging!