One Small Step toward your dreams is really one giant leap toward your destiny.
-Richard Elmes, The Sales Dating Guy
This weekend is the big championship weekend for many of the baseball teams in my home town.
So, all the hard work they put in during practices, all the skills and lessons they learned during the regular season all come down to the performance this weekend. And especially today, Championship day.
But I encourage all the competitors, coaches and fans to remember one more lesson.
That lesson is one that may be remembered more and have a bigger impact than most.
More than how to hit a curve ball, more than how to turn a double play, and more than stealing a base.
This lesson is one that if it is not heeded, it can suck the fun out of and steal the joy out of the game.
The lesson is, that no matter what the final score ends up being is it vital to act with class.
WIN with CLASS, LOSE with CLASS.
If a player on the other team makes a great play on a ball you hit. Don’t get mad. Instead tip your cap.
If, in your opinion an umpire misses a call, don’t run out screaming like a mad man. Instead ask questions respectfully and accept their decision.
And if the score is not in your favour at the end of the game, shake hands and wish the other team well in the future games.
LOSE with CLASS.
But just as important is to WIN with CLASS.
When you respect your teammates, your coaches, your opponents and the officials, you are winning with class.
When you refrain from trash talking and putting others down, you win with class.
And when you avoid running up the score or taking the extra base late in a game where you have a huge lead, you are winning with class.
The key fact is this. A couple years down the road most people won’t remember the score of the game.
What they will remember is the friends they meet and the lessons they learn.
And if the lesson you demonstrate is to WIN with CLASS, LOSE with CLASS, then regardless of the score of the game, you will be a winner…guaranteed!
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison, Inventor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison
“We place value on things in the same proportion as it took to acquire it.” – Richard Elmes, The Sales Dating Guy http://www.SalesDatingGuy.com
You could tell that she was fighting back the tears.
No, they were not tears of sadness.
No, they were not tears of shame.
But instead they were tears of joy and tears of relief.
Years of training, years of practice and years of competitions led to this moment.
This was her moment to shine.
This was the moment that Shawn Johnson, http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/BIO/Athlete/5/221035.shtml the 16 yr. old gymnast from the United States of America had dreamed about for years.
This was the moment when Shawn Johnson, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the (2008 Beijing Summer Olympics) Women’s Gymnastics Beam Event heard her national anthem being played because of her accomplishment. http://gymnastics.teamusa.org/news/article/5749
Can you imagine what it would be like, if that was you?
Can you imagine how proud you would be?
Proud of the effort, proud of the accomplishment and proud of the commitment that you put into having this experience.
I can only imagine how much I would value the experience.
“We place value on things in the same proportion as it took to acquire it.” -Richard Elmes
And I am sure that Shawn will cherish that moment for the rest of her life.
This makes me think about whether I cherish the “Golden Moments” in my life.
The “Golden Moment” when I make the big sale, the “Golden Moment” when I make the big presentation or the “Golden Moment” where I can influence others in a leadership role.
Do you cherish those “Golden Moments” in your life?
Not only when we achieve success at work, but when we achieve a success with our spouse or kids.
I think this is a lesson that most people tend to fall short of. So next time you experience a “Golden Moment” remember all the hard work that it took to get to that point. And then be like Shawn Johnson and be proud of your accomplishment. Because you deserve it.