“Never let fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Babe Ruth
Lately, I've been using a lot of strikeout metaphors and strikeout psychology. Probably because I coach six-year old's in machine pitch baseball. One of the best things a kid can learn to do is strike out, turn around, job back to the dugout and be okay with it.
That's easier said than done. My son doesn't like striking out. Who does? But I've shown him YouTube videos of the best players in the world striking out followed by hitting a massive 450-foot bomb into the upper deck. Now when he strikes out, I ask him, "Who strikes out?"
He says, "The best players in the world."
And besides his short six-year-old attention span, it's helped him think he's going to hit a bomb the next time he gets up.
Everyone needs to learn that striking out or failing is normal. Everyone needs to learn, at an early of an age as possible that life is difficult.
M. Scott Peck wrote in the book, The Road Less Traveled, the great truth we all need to embrace and even invite into our lives:
"This is the great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it has been accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead, they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy, as if life should be easy."
Learn the truth. Accept the truth. Teach the truth.