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Alvin Dark, former major-league baseball manager, used to say, “There’s no such thing as taking a pitcher out. There’s only bringing another pitcher in.” In other words, don’t look back at the bad pitches, the walked runners, the mistakes and the errors of the past. Instead, focus on the next pitch and on how to get out the next batter. Until the last out of the final inning, the only thing that matters is that next pitch. This mindset is crucial not only to effective sports management but to effective life management as well.
1. “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
Many aspiring authors wish to know the key to becoming a good writer. It’s simple: start writing something every day. The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda. Dreams appear impossibly unachievable when viewed in their entirety. However, you don’t have to make them happen overnight; you only need to make the most of the present day.
2. The future is that time when you’ll wish you had done what you aren’t doing now.
Dr. Anthony Campolo tells about a sociological study in which fifty people over the age of ninety-five were asked one question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” It was an open-ended question, and a multiplicity of responses came from these elderly senior citizens. However, one answer consistently surfaced: “If I had it to do over again, I would risk more.” Don’t let fear of failure prevent you from trying new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three regrets: I could have, I might have, and I should have.
3) We cannot undo the past, but we can shape the future.
“Though you cannot go back and make a brand new start, my friend. Anyone can start from now, and make a brand new end.” Our past mistakes have real consequences that we must address. Likewise, being treated unfairly leaves us with pain that we must process through. However, we often add to the misery of previous missteps or prior mistreatment by allowing remorse or resentment to haunt our mind. Forgiving others, and showing grace to ourselves, releases us from the baggage of the past and frees us to work toward a brighter future.
Thoughts to Ponder
• What practices do you need to build into your daily routine in the New Year in order to see your dreams become reality?
• What risks do you need to take in 2014 to propel your career forward?
• Who do you need to forgive so that bitterness doesn’t drag you down in the coming year?
Love you to life!