With the imminent onset of the Spring Training baseball season, I couldn’t help but think about America’s favorite past-time. I started to realize that there are quite a few life lessons that can be taken from the classic sport and I started to compile a list. Here are the 9 that stood out to me the most:
1) Don’t Argue Balls and Strikes – …Even if you are 100% sure that it was bad call. Try not to blow up in the umpire’s face; it can only result in an even worse outcome. Take the good with the bad and trust that the law of averages will eventually be on your side. Basically, don’t sweat the small stuff.
2) 3 Strikes, You’re Out – But you’ll always have another at-bat. It’s okay to get discouraged when you just can’t get that clutch hit or squeeze out that bunt, but remember that there is always next time.
3) Not Every Pitcher Is An Ace – Many would like to be the best and to work with the best, but we can’t all be the best! Remember that everyone has specific skill sets and learning how to make the most of one’s own skills as well as others can have a profound effect on the outcome of a venture.
4) Team Practice Works – Getting to know your fellow team members, their habits, strengths, and weaknesses can serve to develop a solid core of trust and communication. Take the time to really get to know your partners for not only what they can do for you, but what they can do overall.
When it comes down to it, we all want to get the most out of life. After all, if nothing else, we are here now and we should make the most of our time here.
Sometimes we can get all wrapped up and tangled in “being productive” and “getting things done” that it just gets too overwhelming and we risk a burn out.
What does it mean to get the most out of life? Everyone should, and does, have their own personal answer to this question, but we can generalize a few things to common domain.
For me, “getting the most out of life” means maintaining ambition and always reaching for the next goal, while preserving a feeling of content with my life at any given moment.
At first this seems impossible. How can you really want to grow and better yourself if you are completly content with the way things are? Here’s what I have come up with:
- Enjoy the Little Things – The inspiration for this post came from Leo Babauta’s post at ZenHabits, entitled The Simple Life. It lists just a few of the “little things” that really define what life is all about: Really take the time out to walk around outside after a morning rain-storm; Turn off the news, cell phones, and computers, and watch the sunset with your favorite beverage. Just slow down and take in everything. It will not be there forever.
- Make Goals In Many Categories – There are many benefits of goal setting and various ways to organize your goals, but an often overlooked aspect is to vary your goal setting across different categories. You may always be aware of your goals at work or for your next project, but be sure to think about what it is you want to accomplish in other aspects of your life. Do you want to learn to play an instrument? Become a better cook? A better husband? Modularize and write down these goals just the same as you would goals for the office or work. Be aware of all your potential.
- Be Yourself – It is emotionally and physically draining to try to be something you are not. Being honest with yourself and act as though you are comfortable in your own skin and with current mindset will make you truly feel comfortable in your own skin and with your current mindset. Do not be afraid that some people won’t like the real you. Treat others with respect and respect will be returned.
Face it. The next time you walk into a room with new people, assumptions about you will be made.
Within the first few seconds of meeting a new person, he or she will form an opinion about you based on your appearance, mannerisms, and body language.
These opinions are often difficult to overcome or undo, making these first encounters extremely significant.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to ensure that these assumptions and opinions are positive. Here are 10:
- Be Punctual – Not much is more detrimental to one’s opinion of you than tardiness. A person you are meeting for the very first time will not care to listen to your excuses, despite how “real” or “good” they are. Plan for delays in traffic or other impeding events and remember that arriving early is much better than arriving late.
- Neat and Tidy – You won’t make it far without the ability to present yourself in an organized manner. Take care to make sure you look your best. Make sure your hair is cut and your fingernails are trimmed. Is your attire appropriate for the occasion? Is it a business meeting? A casual setting? Be sure to iron and remove any stains from your clothes. This is perhaps the most important tip. Failing to present yourself in an orderly way can cost you greatly.
We’ve all heard of the many benefits of controlling your body language. It’s been flaunted as one of the many ways to move up through your company, get that girl or guy you’ve been eyeing from across the room, and just increase your overall mood.
What body language really comes down to though, is communication. Sure there are many other benefits of understanding and controlling your body language, but at their hearts, the benefits come from good communication.
This can be attributed to Albert Mehrabian’s 7%-38%-55% Rule of communication. In this rule, words account for 7%, tone of voice counts for 38%, and body language accounts for 55%. 55%! That means that more than half of communication is done through body language!
Here are my favorite tips to enhance the control of your body language and be a better communicator:
- Eye Contact – To write about all the subtleties and benefits of good eye contact would be enough for its own post entirely. For now, keep in mind the basics: maintain eye contact, but do not stare. This may seem difficult or peculiar at first, but after a few days of consistency, you’ll realize your eyes are one of the best ways to convey emotion, feeling, and to communicate effectively.
- Arms – Arms are clues to how receptive a person currently is to interaction. Let your arms rest at your sides or move them behind you. Try to refrain from crossing your arm as this is usually perceived as a defensive sign. However, arms work both ways. If you are talking with someone who just said the wrong thing, don’t hesitate to cross your arms and let them know.