Everyone has problems and challenges in their lives. There is no questioning that. Problems spanning from gigantic end of the world problems to insignificant first world problems.
However, the only one that can determine how big or small that problem is, is the person that has the problem.
A problem that may seem like no big deal to you, may be crushing my world. So, big or small we all have problems. We can’t simply run away from our problems because they only grow if we do and eventually find us again. Sooner or later, we must face them. How we face these problems is what makes the difference on whether it will break you or make you.
Life has a sick curve ball and if you’re not ready for it, you’re going to strike out. Well, on this day last year, life threw me one of those wicked curve balls and I whiffed, shamefully striking out.
I wasn’t ready.
I had not put in the batting practice needed to hit the curve. But, this is where the problem breaks you or makes you. You let it break you and run away or you let it make you as you stand and face it. I didn’t let it break me although, it came close.
So, what did I do? I took my ass back to batting practice. Batting practice means, I invested in myself, which is the greatest investment anyone can make. Invest in yourself.
I did the things that were necessary to build myself back up and get back in the game. So the next time I was faced with a curveball, my bat was making contact. The more batting practice you put in, the bigger your bat grows making it easier to hit the curve.
What does that look like?
Well, it could be going back to the gym, going to school, learning a skill, learning a trade, doubling down on your work, reaching out for help, mending a broken relationship, prioritizing your health, etc. All that batting practice is time devoted to improving your game, improving yourself so that you’re equipped and much more prepared to deal with life’s problems and challenges.
Because of that curve that nearly broke me, I’m a better husband, a better father and a better man. It’s taken a lot of work and tons of help, but I am better for it. Don’t be afraid to get help either. Don’t let your pride and ego get in the way of getting help that is needed. No one gets to where they need to be without some kind of help.
Don’t slack on your batting practice because life is one hell of a pitcher. Take care of your responsibilities and maybe more importantly, don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Do what is necessary to stay in the game or get back in. You’re not always going to hit a home run, but your batting average will improve.
Don’t be afraid to step up to the plate.