In Others’ Words: Go ahead — Strike Out!
Babe Ruth is one of those athletes whose life has become legendary. Decades after his death, he is still held up as a sports hero, someone to be admired and respected — to be emulated.
And yet, “the Babe” was not perfect. He struck out. The beauty of it is, he took those strikes in stride and kept aiming for the home runs.
I like his attitude. A lot.
We all have our opportunities to come up to bat — figuratively speaking, of course. To swing — and either hit a home run … or at least get on base. Or maybe we hit a foul ball. Or strike out. The question is: what are we going to do with our chances at bat? If we strike out, are we going to head back to the dugout and hide there? Or are we going to come back out the next time, refocused on a home run?
No one can swing the bat for me — except me. Sure, I can get coaching. (And I think it’s wise to do just that.) But ultimately it’s me and the opportunity … home run or strike. But a strike isn’t lethal — unless I choose to let it be a death blow instead of just one swing closer to a home run.
In Your Words: How’s it going for you right now? Are you hitting home runs? Getting on base? Or striking out? What keeps you coming back and trying again when you’re not seeing the results you’ve hoped for?
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