It’s that time of the year again where baseball is one of the main topics, at least in our home it will be. We have two of our boys in little leagues this year. Our conversations lately somehow wind up with a swing at baseball.
Recently, I was at the park watching two High School teams go at it and it occur to me that there are some similarities in the way you play baseball and the way you play the “life game.”
Here are 5 essential requirements to win strong in the “life game”:
1. Both in baseball and in the game of life we need a coach.
A coach is important. A coach helps us keep things moving with a plan of action, with strategic ways of operation to keep us moving towards our dreams, our visions, our calling in life.
As a Life Coach sometimes I get the opportunity to help others in many ways of playing the “life game.” Don’t get uptight when I refer to life itself as the “life game.” Life is about accomplishing goals and fulfilling purpose. If life is not being enjoyed, it becomes an unwanted chore – a depressing game. I prefer to see it (most times) as a game, in that it makes me work hard at the challenges that every day brings my way.
2. Both baseball as well as life itself needs planning.
Both at a game as well as in life, planning is very important. Planning is important for:
Training for the game. You don’t just show up to play; you must train, and practice.
Strategizing your next move, especially when you’re kind of stuck.
Calling a play at a moment’s time.
Often times each inning needs specific detailed and strategic planning.
The coach needs to be alert at all times.
The team needs to be alert and ready to execute the assignment at hand.
Things such as stealing a base in order to take advantage of the moment and advance to the next base are necessary.
Sometimes in life we have to keep an eye on the opportunities that are at our reach. I’m not suggesting that we should plan to steal something or rob somebody– ever in order to advance in life. There are certain opportunities in life that we better pay attention to and plan effectively; less we miss our moment of great advantages.
Whether in college, marriage, career or leadership of a team, opportunities arise when advancement could be made the moment we take advantage of the opportunities in front of us. These opportunities for advancement often require some type of training beforehand.
How about the times when somebody wants to just talk? Maybe it is the time when your neighbor needs a hand with his/her yard, car or even their health.
What about the times when we may be able to schedule a special event, with our families, like playing board games, watching a movie, or going out to eat together? This is not very common these days anymore – especially when your kids are working different schedules or away at school. Both in baseball as well as in life, training is essential to apprehend those opportunities for advancement.
But I learned more…
3. Something else a baseball team and life itself needs is Umpires.
Oh yeah, we need that unbiased somebody to keep us in check. This person could be a friend, a Life Coach, or a relative. In my case, that person is the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit keeps me in serious check. He makes the calls in my life by showing me if I’m out, or safe!
You know those times you want to really be safe and score your run but you know good and well that you got tagged, still trying to get by with the wrong call and get your run? Yeah I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. My wife does a pretty good job at keeping me in check, but she’s a little biased.
Well, we all need God to help us walk the straight and narrow and keep us in check! The Holy Spirit is excellent at it. I get away with nothing. That’s a good thing.
4. The team needs to have teamwork.
What a novel idea!
The players need to stay in constant communication in order to work together effectively. When I used to play baseball, we were taught to talk while out in the field. That was to help each other perform better. Whenever the ball hit, the team needed to start talking, calling the ball, and helping the outfielder throw the ball to the right relay.
Even Pro-Baseball works the same way. They talk, they yell, they help make a call in order to work together and more effectively to win. It is important to communicate in order to have teamwork.
If you don’t promote teamwork at home, at work, and everywhere else in your life, you be a one man team. Such teams don’t exist. In our home, we work hard at promoting teamwork. We do many projects together and when somebody is missing due to works or school schedules, we cover for them. The idea is to learn, grow, build character, strong values, and work together in order to advance and win in this thing we call: Life. So teamwork is essential to winning in life.
5. Both Baseball and life requires strong leadership.
I used to think that strong leadership was intimidating. While learning to become a leader as a pastor, learning to be a husband and trying to figure out how to be a good leader for my children – it was quite intimidating to say the least.
Leadership is important in order to coach and work, training, practice, and grow together as a team People are motivated to be part of a team that works together and wins together.
People also love to be part of a winning team.
Really, the life game and the baseball game are not much different, you just play by a few different set of rules, but the standards are to be of the same kind. As a matter of fact, a team is branded by the standards it follows – not just by the runs it scores. In the end people will talk about the quality of the team, which will reveal the reason for their losses or their wins.
Let's play the game!
I wonder, what other things have you noticed that can be used both in a baseball game as well as in the life game? I know there are more similarities or comparisons to be made. Comment bellow – let’s have a fun conversation and learn from each other.
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Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life