Sabtu, 14 Oktober 2017

(005) Motivate Yourself: Learn to Sweat in Peace

Posted by on Sabtu, 14 Oktober 2017
Motivate Yourself  - The harder you are on yourself, the easier life is on you. Or, as they say in the Navy Seals, the more you sweat in peacetime,
the less you bleed in war. My childhood friend Rett Nichols was the frst to show me this principle in action. When we were playing Little League baseball, we were always troubled by how fast the pitchers threw the ball. We were in an especially good league, and the overgrown opposing pitchers, whose birth certifcates we were always demanding to see, fred the ball to us at alarming speeds during the games.

We began dreading going up to the plate to hit. It wasn’t fun. Batting had become something we just tried to get through without embarrassing ourselves too much. Ten Rett got an idea.
“What if the pitches we faced in games were slower than the ones we face every day in practice?” Rett asked.
“Tat’s just the problem,” I said. “We don’t know anybody who can pitch that fast to us. Tat’s why, in the games, it’s so hard. Te ball looks like an aspirin coming in at 200 miles an hour.”
“I know we don’t know anyone who can throw a baseball that fast,” said Rett. “But what if it wasn’t a baseball?”
“I don’t know what you mean,” I said.
Just then Rett pulled from his pocket a little plastic golf ball with holes in it. Te kind our dads used to hit in the backyard for golf practice.
“Get a bat,” Rett said.
I picked up a baseball bat and we walked out to the park near Rett’s house. Rett went to the pitcher’s mound but came in about 3 feet closer than usual. As I stood at the plate, he fred the little golf ball past me as I tried to swing at it.
“Ha ha!” Rett shouted. “Tat’s faster than anybody you’ll
face in little league! Let’s get going!”
We then took turns pitching to each other with this bizarre little ball humming in at incredible speeds. Te little plastic ball
was not only hilariously fast, but it curved and dropped more sharply than any little leaguer’s pitch could do.
By the time Rett and I played our next league game, we were ready. Te pitches looked like they were coming in slow motion. Big white balloons. I hit the frst and only home run I ever hit after one of Rett’s sessions. It was off a left-hander whose pitch seemed to hang in the air forever before I creamed it.
Te lesson Rett taught me was one I’ve never forgotten. Whenever I’m afraid of something coming up, I will fnd a way to do something that’s even harder or scarier. Once I do the harder thing, the real thing becomes fun.
Te great boxer Muhammad Ali used this principle in choosing his sparring partners. He’d make sure that the sparring partners he worked with before a fght were better than the boxer he was going up against in the real fght. Tey might not always be better all-around, but he found sparring partners who were each better in one certain way or another than his upcoming opponent. After facing them, he knew going into each fght that he had already fought those skills and won.
You can always stage a bigger battle than the one you have to face. Watch what it does to your motivation going into the real challenge.

By Steve Chandler

Steve Chandler is a life coach and a keynote and convention speaker who lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona. He has brought his workshops and seminars to more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of small businesses.
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