Lucky me! I was taken to a Red Sox game for Mother’s Day where I watched the Sox hit the ball out of the park. I got to watch first hand as player after player hit the ball (yes, we are talking about the 2012 Red Sox team). Their hitting looked effortless. But here’s what I didn’t see.
I didn’t see the coaching sessions, batting practice, pre-season games or any games prior to the one I attended on Sunday. I only saw the results, which appeared to me to be simply amazing. The Sox took the game against the Cleveland Indians by a score of 12 to 1.
We look at other people’s achievements and think we should be able to obtain the same level of success. We don’t think about what it took for this person or business to succeed. We don’t assess the risks they took to make it big. We just look at the end results.
Hitting a home run at the ballpark and in business requires focus. It also requires practice and being surrounded by a strong team. Having a coach that will tell you what you need to hear, rather than what you want to hear makes all the difference in the world.
Take a moment to step away from the plate and ask yourself the following:
- Have I clearly defined what I’d like to achieve?
- Do people on my team understand where we are going?
- Do I have the passion to pull this off?
- What skills do I need to improve in order to make it into the big leagues?
- Can I do this alone or do I need a coach who can help me consistently improve?
- Is there anyone on my team that is getting in the way of our success?
- What am I willing to sacrifice in the short-run in order to be a world champion?
Making success look like a walk in the park takes effort. Call me when you are ready to do the work and we’ll practice together, until you can hit it out of the park on your own.
To your success!