Have you ever watched a baseball game and seen a player give up on a play before it was over?
Watch this video for an example of what I’m talking about…
Sports bloopers are funny but when you really stop and think about it most of these errors are the result of players, who get paid millions of dollars playing a kid’s game, giving up too early.
When I was a kid I played both T-Ball and Softball just about every summer until I was 14. One thing the coaches always drilled into us was the need to run out a play all the way to the end.
If it looks like you’re going to be out, keep running, you never know if the other player will drop the ball or miss the tag. If it looks like a ball is going to drop or the runner is going to beat the throw, keep running, you never know what the other players are going to do.
I’ve carried this lesson into my professional life.
I work ten hours a day, five days a week. My goal for every weekday is to hold two meetings, reach out to forty contacts, and send 5 cold emails. On the weekends I spend time with family and friends, go to church, and do research.
Some days, I can get all my work done quicker than others. On the days I’m done early I keep reaching out, sending more emails and booking more meetings because you never know when you are going to have a day that you don’t get anything accomplished.
But just as often I get toward the end of the day and it looks like I will fail in my goals. On those days I keep pushing right up until quitting time, which for me is 7:00 pm. I “run all the way” because you never know who’s going to pick up the phone or respond to that email at 6:59 pm.
Last Friday was a perfect case in point. I had been out most of the day meeting with clients and had only managed to reach out to 33 contacts. It was late, and to be fair, on Fridays I do tend to quit early. But I hadn’t reached my goals and had only booked one meeting so far. Three calls later, on my 36th reach out, 5 minutes before quitting time I got a prospect on the phone. We talked for a few minutes and then he said, “It’s Friday afternoon, why don’t we continue this conversation over coffee in my office next week?”
So that’s all I’ve got for you today. I hope you are as inspired to “Run All The Way” as I am!
Tell me a story in the comments below of a time when you ran all the way, or failed to, and what the results were. I look forward to hearing from you.
I love watching sports bloopers too, feel free to send me your favorites and give me a laugh.
L C Sheil writes regularly about, spirituality, life and business coaching. He is the founder and director of The Matthew 5:5 Society (formerly The Meekonomics Project) where he coaches ministry and business leaders to Live Life to the Fullest in Complete Submission to the Will of God.
Mr. Sheil has authored two books and is available for public speaking and one on one coaching in the areas of work life balance, finding and living your core values and financial literacy. Write to The Matthew 5:5 Society here for more information or follow L C Sheil on twitter and instagram.