As a native of Kansas City, I followed every game as the Royals won the World Series. I heard the sports commentators talk about how aggressive they are. How they often go after the first ball thrown to them.
And I also heard them say that Ned Yost, the Royals’ manager, encourages the players to make their own choices on how to play. That’s why the players like to play for him. He respects their abilities, their knowledge and their skill.
But I was most struck by the work “aggressive.” To me it means to play with confidence in your ability, trust in your own intuition, and feel a passion for simply playing the game well.
Are you confident in your ability?
We always have something to learn. Every time I think I’ve something figured out, I reach a new level and discover that there’s yet another level I can take it to. I may or may not go there, it depends on my ultimate goal, but there’s always something more I can learn.
Trust that where you are and what you know is the perfect place for you. Just do the best you can. It’ll be a learning experience, however it plays out.
Do you trust your own intentions?
The more you understand your own wants and wishes, your needs and desires, the more aligned your choices will be. Use your feelings to guide you. Practice using your intuition and notice how successful you are. That will build both confidence and trust in your inner wisdom. When do you swing at the ball? When it feels like it is time!
Are you following your passion?
If you’re not passionate about your work, go do something else. The people who excel at what they do love what they do. It’s not work, it’s play. It’s fulfilling and rewarding. It makes them grow as a person. It expands their participation. It’s meaningful work.
When you love what you do, you work at it, you practice, you learn how to do what you do better. Simply follow your passion and you’ll take your work to a deeper level.
Are you playing your best game?
Are you holding back? Are you afraid to try? What’ll happen if you give it a shot? Whether you get it right or you get it wrong, you’ll learn something that’ll improve your game.
Put the ball in play
Nothing will happen if your don’t put the ball in play. You can’t fail and your can’t succeed unless you make a move. Whether you have to be assertive at the plate and at least try to hit the ball, or be on the alert as the defensive player ready to respond to whatever shows up, you need to put the ball in play.
Don’t let a day go by without pushing the boundaries a little, without learning one thing that will improve your performance, your ability to serve.
Trying is at the core of wining. Go put the ball in play.
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