So....it's been a while. I never intended to take a month break. After reading the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less -- I essentially took a month off. It wasn't a considered decision, but I think subconsciously I got permission from the book's author, Greg McKeown. It's an empowering book (more in a later post) and it was nice to take a blogging break.
I wish I could say the downtime yielded a great work product or accomplishments. Not yet! But I believe that I'm ready to go for autumn because of the time to re-create. I hope you have found similar time with family, friends, and, most importantly, downtime for yourself.
Another reason I enjoyed my summer is that I'm a newly minted baseball fan. There is nothing like the zealotry of a convert, so get ready for sports analogies! If you are not a sports fan (and I have been an avid agnostic my entire life) now is the time to get into baseball. The Washington Nationals are leading the league and, as I write, they are 8 games ahead of their rivals, The Atlanta Braves.
What Walk Off Winning Means to You
But the really cool thing about sports is that the lessons on the field really do apply to life. This past week the Nats had FIVE walk-offs in a row (when the game is tied at the bottom of the 9th and the home team scores - it's an automatic win and they walk off the field - but you probably knew that!) It's SO exciting, as is following my favorite player, Jayson Worth, who looks like a character from Game of Thrones (his theme song when he's at bat).
And since this blog is about careers, it made me think - how often do we play nine or more innings of the game of life and find the score tied? Really? We have to dig deeper and keep on going when we are exhausted? The Nat's did it, and it would be luck if it happened once, but five times (practically in a row) shows skill and perseverance -- they got in the habit of playing under the pressure and winning each time. (Watch a video of the exciting walk off and 10th win.)
If you have a goal that continues to be just one run away from a win, or if you are disheartened because the game is STILL tied, maybe you can envision that this coming season is the bottom of the 9th and give it your all.