In my post from the other day about Kelly’s Exposure and Profit, I promised to come back with a story that means a whole lot to me.
While I was in Toronto, a great thing happened the day before my presentation and I was so pleased that I was able to share it when I somewhat fearfully got up to the stage on Sunday. I must admit, I was disappointed I wasn’t there to witness what happened directly, but am so pleased for my son and the experience he was able to have.
Here’s what happened…
In the picture to the right, you can see my oldest son’s baseball team. This is the last game before they went into the semi-finals for their tournament.
My son is 12 and this is his first year playing baseball. He absolutely loves the sport and enjoys being on a team, but he has doubted himself immensely. There are kids on the team who have been playing since they were 5 and younger. Others have more natural ability. There were even some evenings with near tears, but he kept going back because he loved it. Still, the worry he was letting his team down was always in the back of his mind.
When the family was on its way to the game that day, my husband gave my son a little pep talk and told him son not to worry about who was watching him. He should just listen to his coaches and focus on the game.
My husband told me he could see an immediate change in my son. He was completely focused and really into the game. He even caught a pretty amazing pop fly in mid-leap. Later my son told me that he technically did everything “wrong” when he caught the ball, but I reminded him that he now knew he could do it and he could perfect his technique from here.
Well, my son’s performance in the game actually earned him the MVP for the game and if you look closely at the photo, you’ll see him proudly holding up his MVP tshirt. When I got this picture, I was beaming because I knew this must have propelled his confidence through the roof. This is exactly what he needed.
I think there’s something for all of us to learn from here. People often tell me that I don’t understand how hard it is to grow an online business because I’m successful now. We all start somewhere and it doesn’t matter where you are today because when you compare yourself to others, you hold yourself back. That’s the self-sabotaging truth of it all.
All you need to do is focus…pay attention to your coach, if you have one…and get in the game.