Sixth Inning – Business and Baseball: You Play Better with a Coach Who Knows the Game

Is life too complicated, or is it your approach to life that makes things complicated? ~ Joyce Meyer

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~ Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

Coaches matter. In fact, a so-so team can be taken to an unimaginable level based solely on the coach they have. Coaches serve many roles for a baseball team:

  1. They see the big picture. A pitcher or first baseman may see the game only from their limited perspective; the coach sees everything on the field and how all the pieces fit together… and guides the team to take advantage of unseen situations.
  2. They have the wisdom of experience. The average coach has lived through more games than the average player, and they’ve seen things that some players haven’t. They bring that experience to the game – along with a strong drive to win.
  3. They are invested in the outcome, but they are in it for the long haul. Just as kids can’t see past the end of the school year, players sometimes can’t see beyond the end of the season. The coach helps players develop for many seasons to come.
  4. They inspire. Because they care deeply about the players and the game, they are able to connect with the team in a way outsiders cannot. (If you have any doubt of this, just check out some of the famous “locker room” speeches from great sports movies such as “A League of Their Own” or “Knute Rockne All American” – both excellent movies!)
  5. They get you in shape. No one WANTS to do stadium steps or run wind sprints, but the coach knows that these unsavory exercises are needed to whip the team into shape – and win.

Just as you’ve never seen a winning ball team without a good coach, you’d be hard-pressed to find a winning entrepreneur without a good business coach as well. Rick Godwin reminds us, “You SEE things differently when you THINK things differently!” – and that is what good coaches teach you to do.

Business coaches perform many of the same roles that a baseball coach does – especially for a starting business. Whether it’s a home business or a small business in a small office, they help keep things in perspective, guide you from their experience and wisdom, help you think and see past the next quarter, and motivate and inspire you to move forward. They know what needs to be done, and in what order, so they keep you from wasting time and energy on unnecessary tasks. They also help you to see, as Thomas Carlyle said, “The idea is in thyself. The impediment, too, is in thyself.”

The best coaches get personal satisfaction in helping you succeed, so choose wisely. Find a mentor with a history of successes not just in business and entrepreneurship, but as a coach as well. You wouldn’t want a baseball coach who was still reliving his glory days as a Major Leaguer and felt in competition with the players on his team; you also don’t want a business coach who feels threatened by your success.

As Tony Robbins reminds us, “When you state what you want, then you either need to start making it happen or start making excuses why it isn’t.” The good business coach won’t allow any excuses.

Ask around for recommendations; the list of talented Major League Baseball coaches is short, and the best candidates come from referrals. The same is true in the business arena. You want someone who will help you find a way and not accept any excuses, so be prepared to work smarter and harder… and be successful.

One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to GIVE UP, rather than what they have to GAIN! ~ Rick Godwin

Make a decision today to develop a new and more positive attitude toward yourself. ~ Joyce Meyer




One Response to “Sixth Inning – Business and Baseball: You Play Better with a Coach Who Knows the Game”

  1. […] the scenes to improve your chances of getting a hit. You’ll review your statistics, you’ll work with a coach and you’ll keep refining your process. And then you’ll keep on swinging. And eventually, the […]

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