Have you ever found yourself stuck?
The kind of stuck that has you frustrated?
We've all been there.
Life throws us a curveball.
We were hoping to make contact, but then we swing and miss.
And after we swing, we realize the pitch wasn't as good as we first thought.
How do we respond in those moments?
The ones where it feels like there is a stadium full of people watching us strike out.
It's been said we can't hit what we don't swing at.
But I think we are missing out on some equally solid perspective.
We can't hit what isn't in the strike zone either.
If the pitch is high and tight, low and away, up and in...making contact is doubtful. And if it's a wild pitch or a pitch-out? Well, you get the point. We aren't getting on base swinging at offerings like that.
We aren't going to make progress by swinging at bad pitches.
I think sometimes we place so much value in putting our head down and pushing forward, that we miss the point. There is a more effective way to move forward. It requires more patience (that's not always easy). It requires more persistence to "foul-off" a few pitches that we aren't sure if they are strikes or not, just to keep the at-bat alive. But in the end, there is a common goal we are trying to reach.
Getting on base.
Listen...if you are finding the pitches aren't there today...stop swinging.
Stand in. Don't leave the batter's box. You can't get on if you aren't in the game.
Be patient. With a watchful eye, value the swings you don't take as important too.
And at the end of it...when enough bad pitches come?
Enjoy the moment when you can...
In the next blog, we'll talk about what to do once you're on base.
That's just as important.
If you are leading the way, you are the one out in front. The very nature of being out in front means you won't have someone to follow. Learning how to be comfortably uncomfortable in this space is a must if you plan on longevity as a leader.
You'll see things others don't see, and get told they doesn't exist. Not because they don't, but because they can't see it...yet. If you are going to stop going after it, based on their doubt in it, you are giving up your ability to lead.
If you are wrestling with whether or not to move forward with something,
perhaps the best thing you can do is ask yourself this question.
Is the work you are doing worth the criticism doubt brings,
until the rest of the world see's the value in it?
If it is, carry on.
Go all in.
If it isn't, move on.
Find something that is.
We get one go around in this race called life.
The permanent impact of our work has to matter more
than the temporary discomfort of criticism.
There is tremendous power in not caring what you look like to a few,
so that you can lead at the highest level for many.
Embrace being comfortably uncomfortable.
The world needs more of you!
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.