Don’t Leave, Go
David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer
I know this sounds a bit convoluted, but we need to stop leaving and start going. I once heard of a baseball manager who was asked about replacing a pitcher in the later innings of a game. Someone asked why he took the pitcher out of the game, his reply was a bit surprising, “I didn’t take the pitcher out of the game, I brought another pitcher into the game.” This wise baseball manager knew the difference between leaving and going. If he was simply taking a pitcher out of the game, it would be a negative action. The pitcher would feel as though he’d been pulled or replaced. The team and fans would know that the pitcher wasn’t up to the task and the manager may be wondering if he acted quick enough. Bringing in a new pitcher who may be better suited for the next few batters is a positive move. It’s forward-looking as opposed to being focused on the present negative situation.
Those of you who have kept up with my emails and our podcast know that I have been struggling with my health for over three weeks. Nothing serious, just very annoying. Frankly, I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. This morning I was listening to one of my mentor’s podcasts, and he reminded me of the need to go to something and thus shift my mindset. I have spent too many days feeling sorry for myself and wishing for better days. It’s time to go and embrace life again. It’s time to remember my why and engage in activities that bring me joy. It’s time to go and find ways to add value to others again and see if I can help them improve their lives. If I go and focus on others, soon I will realize that my selfish mindset will be a thing of the past.
How about you? Are there things in your life that you have been trying to leave but can’t. Maybe you need to go to something better rather than trying to leave what is holding you down. Please join Marisa and me on The Next Page podcast as we take a deeper dive into this important topic.