Keep Swinging for the Fence

I have a confession to make. I love to hit home runs!

It’s meant in a metaphorical sense because I really suck at baseball or softball, so the likelihood I actually do this in the sport would be an absolute miracle itself. What I am talking about is hitting home runs in business. I swing hard, swing fast, and swing for the fences. Every time.

Sometimes I’m lucky and bust it out of the park. It’s an awesome feeling, but it doesn’t always happen that way. Most days I’m fortunate enough just to get a hit and that’s only when I really keep my eye on the ball. The moment I lose focus on my target, I strike out. The key to hitting homeruns in business is staying focused and being consistent.

Focus on You and Your Objectives

I have another confession to make … I can easily get distracted by how others are performing and their wins. Even when I know I’m having a good month or “lucky streak,” it can be easy to get consumed on how the other team is doing. Instead of focusing on my game, I try to keep up with the world around me. This is when I experience the bulk of my strikeouts, and ultimately, my worst defeats. Chances are, you may be the same.

Last week I read an amazing post called You Are Exactly Where You Are Supposed to Be. The article discusses how we can sometimes become distracted by the successes and accomplishments of other people that we completely forget to enjoy and feel content with what we have right now – even if we are not where we want to be. It doesn’t have anything to do with hitting homeruns, but I think that it does relate to taking our eye off of the ball.

I don’t know about you, but when I stop focusing on what I am supposed to do and what brings joy to my life, I begin to struggle in so many ways. Our goal should not be about becoming the next Hank Aaron or Babe Ruth, but about becoming the great [insert your own name].

Just Get on Base

Instead of being consumed with one amazing play, we should do everything we can to be consistent in our game first. It doesn’t matter whether the game is sports or business — consistency day in and day out will offer you more opportunities to win and accomplish your goals. Every time you get on base, count that as a success because it is!

High performers in any aspect of life, work hard at the basics. Every day they spend time training and perfecting what they do, even when they don’t feel it or enjoy it. They are consistent and that’s what allows them to close the big deal or to hit the homerun. It doesn’t happen by accident.

My encouragement to you is to get on base today. Get on base tomorrow. And get on base the next day.

And Keep Swinging for the Fence

There will be days you completely strike out or don’t get on base. You will get discouraged and want to quit. There will be weeks where you see your friends, your teammates, or even your competitors achieve the success you had hoped for. You will get distracted, become depressed and jealous, and then want to quit. I know because I’ve been there time and time again. But you can’t give up!

The difference between winners and losers is that winners never quit. Even when they fail, winners keep swinging for the fences. We will all fail in sports or in business or in our families. The factor that will make the biggest difference is whether we decide to keep pressing forward despite the losses and failures.

I might not hit a homerun today, but I know there is one in the future. Keep swinging for the fence!

2 Comments

  1. Jeff Machado on April 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Great thoughts James. So much truth here!

    I get really wrapped up in the successes of others that gets me in a negative thought cycle – not cool at all. But, you’re right, it’s all about being the best version of myself and being a little bit better than last time (though aiming for the fence the whole time of course!)

    Your post makes me think of the importance of goal setting so that we actually know if we’ve hit a homer or not.

    • James Dalman on April 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Jeff, I really appreciate it! You bring up a great point about goal setting. We have to have a fence line targeted or know when we do hit a home run.

      It’s not easy to avoid the negative thoughts at times. We just have to keep pressing forward.

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