Whether it is sitting in the dugout at a rookie baseball game, teeing up on the first hole, walking into a presentation, or being the new kid in the office, we all have a tendency to want to "knock it out of the park." The pressure we put on ourselves to be perfect and to be seen as the shining star often ends with a strike out, a golf ball twenty feet away in the weeds, or, in some cases, a lot of words with no story line. Our desire to impress others often causes us to sacrifice patience and hinders us from progressing and succeeding naturally.
My post this week is case in point. I sat in front of my computer for hours and tried to write some literary masterpiece in 300 words or less, and all I came up with was a bunch of blog titles and absolutely no content. The truth is that I needed to ease up on my swing or, in this case, myself. I was going for a home run when all I really needed was a base hit. And it was in that moment that I got some much needed clarity. Maybe we all struggle a bit in various parts of life with wanting to quickly show people our value, that we are worth the investment, and that they haven't made a mistake by choosing us.
I don't watch a lot of sports, but it only takes a few minutes of ESPN — listening to the commentators talk about how someone isn't performing well enough to earn their salary or how a player is not worthy of their position in the draft — to see how society has become very impatient with allowing people to develop and grow. But then again, most of us aren't sitting on multi-million dollar contracts. We won't be making headlines anytime soon, and most likely don't have a group of fans waiting outside our home or office when we walk out the door. And this, in my opinion, is a blessing.
My goal is to ease up on the swing a bit, take some coaching, ask more questions, and be a little more patient in the process, even if it feels like the pressure is on.