IN A WORLD THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO HIT HOME RUNS!
I want you to consider that it is in the base hits are what win the game.
What am I talking about...CONSISTENCY.
I have found that this all or nothing mindset usually leads to more nothing than everything. While you may get lucky and take one to the house, the amount of energy and effort required to sustain this is not realistic. ESPECIALLY if you have responsibilities like a family.
The ones usually beating this drum are the same ones who are lacking in other areas of their life such as their health or love and relationships.
This was the mentality that I carried with me in the early years of my career as I climbed the corporate ladder and while it served me for a season of my life, it also came with a price tag of divorce.
I was hyper focused on making more money and getting to the top so that I could provide a better quality of life only to find that there is more to life than monetary success. And while it didn't justify the situation, it did help me to realize that there is a time and place for going all in and a time for getting base hits.
SO WHAT DO I MEAN "BASE HITS?"
Base hits mean that you are consistent every single day with the disciplined actions that move the needle forward.Those little consistencies compound into the big movements that make the difference necessary for growth and success.
I want to challenge you to look at this from what I call the M4 Framework:
- Mindset: Your ability to focus and direct your thoughts in a constructive manner
- Meaning: Investing time in important and meaningful relationships
- Movement: Your physical health
- Mission: Creating something bigger than yourself. Your Legacy
TAKE INVENTORY ON WHERE YOU ARE LACKING CONSISTENCY
Here are 3 practices to get you started!
- You got to start small. If you're going to lose 50 pounds, focus on the first five and build the momentum necessary to continue to move forward. Many people will go for that 50 pounds and want to do it in a week and when they don't see the results, they give up and quit. You want to have a better relationship. Start going on date nights once a week, once a month, and then maybe it's going to family vacation. Once you saved up $5 $10 a hundred or a thousand dollars start small to earn big.
- Trust the process. You see everybody's a work in process, but what happens is when we start this journey we begin to look at everybody else's results and we compare ourselves to the other person.
2 THINGS COME FROM COMPARISON
- We feel insignificant because we're not as good as the other person.
- We feel prideful because we're better than most.
Either one of these mindsets or these thought processes will ruin your chances of consistent action simply because if you feel like you're better than everybody, you give up and you don't work as hard and when you feel insignificant, you give up because what you're doing is not working.
And when we compare ourselves, we're really telling ourselves that we're not good enough and that we don't have what it takes to get to where we want to be.
We make ourselves believe that if it worked for somebody else, then it's got to work for me. And it my might. That might be true. But what you end up finding is you're living a life that's no longer yours, and so you have to value the process and you have to trust the process.
BUT WHAT IF I FAIL?
You will...and thats ok. Failure is only final when you quit.
3. You have to enlist people to come along the journey with you. There are people pushers and people pullers...people that push you into your greatness. People that push you when you're along wanting to go. This is your accountability partner. These are the people that tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. It's very important.
It's easy to get around people that tell us what we want to hear, how good we are and how much we've done.
There are days where we're going to want to quit.
There are days where you're going to want to stop
There are days you are going to want to give up.
You need people in your life that are pushing you into your calling and into your purpose.
NOW ON THE FLIP SIDE, THERE ARE PEOPLE PULLERS
These are the people that pull you down and drag you back, I call them Anchors. They literally drag you into your comfort zone.
When you try to take off, they try to hold you back and it's not because they want you to fail but because they're comfortable, right where you're at. They don't want you to change because that's going to require them to change as well. And here's the deal, The law of sacrifice says that you have to give up in order to go up. So what in your life right now, do you need to give up so that you can go up? What do you need to start doing so that you can be consistent every single day and get those base hit.