“How is the season going?”
I think, most often, people are making polite conversation when they ask this question. As we enter the sixth week of our season it becomes easier to provide an answer they easily understand:
“We’re currently 2-3 in our division and 8-6 overall. We’ve played three tournaments; won one and made the semi-finals twice.”
Everybody wants to win. I wish we could win every game and every tournament. But that is not, exclusively, how I’m measuring our success this year. I want all of our players to be better baseball players and love the game.
I think we’re starting to see some of that with the Firebirds and I hope we’re far from finished.
In my professional life I have routinely led leadership workshops and coaching sessions. I stopped using many of John Wooden’s sayings and approaches because clients wanted to argue the relevance of his teachings in business. However, his Pyramid of Success is inarguably perfect for a 11U baseball team.
I see all of the players continuously building this pyramid. If we keep working, then we guarantee our success.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.