Stepping up to the plate
“And then? And then when I walked down the street people would’ve looked and they would’ve said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game.”– Roy Hobbs, The Natural
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had the chance to blog and to say things are busy would be an understatement. We’ve been stacked with a ton of client work in the office, which is a great thing. Now, this isn’t going to be some long soliloquy on the long hours and work load. I do want to say just how much of a GREAT learning experience it has been though.
Last week, I did a guest post at Samantha Ogborn’s blog talking about patience. (Thanks again, Sam!) I said that it’s a continuing process and that, yes, I am still learning to be patient. Part of what I talked about, I needed to put into action because I was feeling like I was in a slump. I didn’t feel confident in my work.
I decided to go into baseball mode. On Monday, I went over everything that I’ve been doing, kind of like what players do when they are in a batting slump. I looked at my routine, my work ethic, my approach to the day, etc. Here’s what I figured out. Sometimes we try TOO hard. We all want success, but you can’t be swinging for the fences every time. Level things out. That “home run” will come.
You can think strategically, but don’t over think. Does that make sense? The late Bill Robinson, who was the hitting coach for the 1986 New York Mets, had a hitting camp I once took part in as a kid. Now, I may not have turned out to be the next Gary Carter, but he preached the “Slow feet, quick hands” approach to hitting. I’ve actually used this approach in PR. What I mean is: by slowing things down and allowing yourself to think about your plans, the thoughts will come more quickly.
Remember, you need to put yourself in a position to succeed. I don’t mean that you should quit your job. What I do suggest is to think about how you can help your firm and your clients do well. Ask questions and be two steps ahead. It will show that you are invested in the overall success… your’s and the client’s.
Lastly, don’t fear striking out. You can’t bat 1.000. Be realistic and have a sound approach. That will breed success.
What is your approach? What are your “slump busters? Let me know in the comments.
Posted on May 28, 2010, in Hot Topic, Inspiration, Public Relations, Sports and tagged approach, baseball, Bill Robinson, blog, career, clients, firm, Gary Carter, Jason Mollica, New York Mets, PR, Public Relations, routine, roy hobbs, slump, strike out, striking out, Success, the natural, work ethic. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.