By Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Nothing says summer like baseball…or is that just my life? As I learn more about baseball, I have come to realize how it not only mirrors life but also is a remarkable place of inspiration on how to live your best life.
You see, baseball is a sport of failure. Think about it! Ted Williams is one of the best hitters of all time and has an untouchable lifetime batting average of 0.334. Know what this translates to? He struck out about 67% of the time…2 out of 3 times at bat, he failed! Here's another consideration, the Atlanta Braves record last season was 88 wins and 73 losses, and they won the World Series! One could say baseball is brutal but the reality is, failing that much makes you appreciate the big hits, home runs, and wins so much more.
The difference maker in baseball is how you manage this failure…does it get you down or do you bounce back up, better and stronger? The best players and teams have short term memory on these failures and get back at it with their next at bat. You take it one inning and at bat at a time, realizing you won't hit a grand slam every time. Like so many areas in life, mindset and attitude play an integral role in baseball. From striking out to having no control over the team that drafts you, focusing on your area of control is crucial to your success in baseball just like in life.
The successes you see in baseball show up just like in real life, too. The big sluggers, killer pitchers, and athletic outfield diving catches look effortless, totally making it look easy. What's the truth? The countless hours of practice, stacking hundreds or thousands of small victories, culminating in the big play you see on the field. Oh yeah! Don't forget all those failures as opportunities to learn, too!
Hmm…all of that sounds a bit like living life full out, doesn't it? To bring the point home, here are 10 Life Lessons from Baseball:
So many life lessons in one fun pastime! This summer, when you find yourself at the baseball field or see game highlights on the news, remember all these important life lessons. Take a moment and check in…are you swinging for the fences, even if you might fail? Or, holding back and playing small?
Be like the best baseball player. Have a short memory. Find blessings in the stressings. Play all out. And, swing for the fences.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.