Vail Daily column: The game of success
Well here we are again, October baseball and the postseason. Thirty teams that began their road to success back in the offseason and then played 162 games to determine who would make the playoffs as they vie for the title of the 2015 World Series champions.
Let’s just think about this for a moment, that’s 162 games for 30 different teams (not including the preseason or postseason), so that is 4,860 games played and approximately 43,740 innings played (not including extra innings or games where weather ended a game early). There were 4,909 home runs and 37,446 strikeouts. There are statistics and data for every aspect of the game, attendance, injuries and even the number of hot dogs and beer that are consumed.
WHEN DID YOUR SEASON BEGIN?
Although the official season began back in April and will end the first week in November, their road to success began long before the 2015 season ever started. So how about we make this about you? When did your season or road to success begin for 2015?
Whether you set and planned for your goals on New Year’s Eve or you more recently defined what your personal success would look like, you will be participating in your own journey, keeping your own statistics and playing your own game.
If you were pursuing a health goal you might be keeping statistics around calories consumed, days or hours in the gym, steps taken, miles ran, strength or endurance increased, etc.
As a sales person trying to increase sales, revenue and commission, your score keeping may include networking events attended, number of new prospects identified, qualified appointments scheduled, presentations given, proposals generated, contracts signed and referrals received.
MEETING DESIRED LEVEL OF SUCCESS
So you see, it’s not just about professional athletes and teams who plan, prepare and achieve success, win World Series trophies and receive Most Valuable Player awards, the game of success is for each and every one of us who takes the time to set a worthy goal, has the determination and commitment to see it through, and who carefully keeps score around the actions and behaviors required to meet with their desired level of success.
And as you are looking at the statistics, 4,909 home runs and 37,446 strike outs, you can see that there are 7.5 times more failures than there are successes. But for the team that wins the World Series, they only see the strike outs as temporary set backs.
So how about you? Are you keeping score and looking at your statistics as you pursue your goals and dreams? Have you turned your goals into a game of success?
If you would like to know more about this concept, then I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. And when we can look at and evaluate the pursuit of our goals in new ways, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.