This is a monumental week in our family’s life. Our daughter graduates high school.
Last week, I dropped her off for her last day of school. It seems like yesterday that we dropped her off for her first day of preschool.
As the expression goes, “Time flies.”
The reality is, however, that there was a lot of time that passed between those years. 14 to be exact. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 days. It just seemed to pass quickly, but we still had the time available to us.
It’s what we do with that time that matters most.
For many, time passes us by and we are not really sure how it happened or what happened. Life just happens.
We have goals, dreams and desires, but something inherently keeps us from those things. That thing is many times mindset.
I call this, “Home Run Thinking”. It’s the mindset that we have to have the perfect situation happen before we score. (ie. achieve our goals, dreams and desires) In other words, to play off the baseball analogy, we are waiting for the perfect pitch and the perfect swing that produces a home run before we can score.
I think there is a better approach.
Go for singles.
I call this, “Base Hit Thinking.” In other words, just get on base. If you and your team get enough base hits, you will eventually score.
Apply this mindset to your life and go for small wins every day. “Get a base hit.”
For example if you are trying to drop 5 pounds, don’t think you have to spend 5 hours in the gym a day. You may just need to be consistent with a daily brisk walk and better choices of what you eat.
If you want to write a book, don’t think you need to take a month off and write 8 hours a day. You may just need to give yourself a goal of writing 500 words a day, every day. It’s your “base hit”.
You can apply this strategy to any area of your life: your relationships, your finances or your spiritual life. The important thing is to start.
Don’t fear failing. Fear not starting.
Don’t every underestimate the power of small daily wins. That’s where momentum builds.
Build enough momentum and you will eventually get where you want to go.
Go for it. You’ve got this one.