My son Ethan has played baseball since he was a little tiny kid, adorable in his little outfit, and using a tee to try to hit the ball.
Now he's on a team of high schoolers and these boys have turned into men.
Last night they had a tournament and it was crazy! The umpire was late, there was delay due to lightning, the game tied, paused again, and was paused at a tie. They still have to finish that game to move on with the tournament.
Over the years, I've become quite knowledgeable about baseball. Since Ethan's a pitcher, I know more than most moms, I think. Sports aren't my jam (Chris and Ethan LOVE all sports) but I have to tell you: when I saw this email from the coach this morning, I actually teared up. The parallels to business coaching are incredible. I'd love to share his words with you. As you read them, think about your business and imagine I'm encouraging you in the same way:
Pitchers: great attitude. Love the way you keep working through everything. Also love the support & confidence everyone has in you.
Bats: way to keep swinging the bats! We only had one looking K (strikeout). Great job here. Great strike zone judgement last night too. Keep trusting yourself. You guys have good swings. Keep it up!!!
Defense: Not so good. We had several physical errors and a couple of mental errors. The physical will happen occasionally. Kick yourself for about 2 seconds, and focus on what is next. The mental errors we can't afford. Baseball is not a spectator sport. Before every pitch - "What am I going to do with the ball when it is hit to me?" And then just focus on one thing - ball in glove. "I want the ball, I want the ball. "I want the ball."
We did have multiple guys, Sam, in particular, I remember, and a couple others as well, looking at the ball after they hit it. Sam, you would have beaten that infield ball out if you had just looked at first and run.
1) You run faster when you're looking at where you’re going,
and 2) you don't even run in a straight line when looking somewhere else.
Just like the players, the coaches have a job to do. Let us do it. Run to the base and listen to us. If you're running to first and the ball is hit anywhere other than right field, or running to second and the ball is in center or right field, just run and look/listen to us.
Lighting, a couple bad calls, a weird situation: sure. But don't put another thought into any of this. If we play our game - put the ball in play and don't give them anything, we win. Whenever we resolve this game we need to come out focused, even mad-focused.
My favorite part of this whole email was this part:
1) You run faster when you're looking at where you’re going, and
2) you don't even run in a straight line when looking somewhere else.
Just run and look/listen to us.
My friends, growing a business is hard. It's challenging. It's exhausting. And it's a game. You must keep your eyes on where you are going! And always keep your eyes on your Coach!
If you're struggling today. . . you can barely see straight. . . You're grieving and still trying to carry on through the day to day. . .I understand.
If you're discouraged or not sure how the next thing will play out. . . I get it.
Keep your eyes straight ahead.
And keep running.
Never, ever quit running.
All my love,
About the Author
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!