At the Little League World Series Tournament, there was a batter on the Venezuela team that crouched down like a frog to take the pitches. It was one of the strangest things I’ve seen so far at the plate. I wasn’t sure if he was trying to shrink the strike zone or just trying to throw off the pitcher. Whatever his intention, it worked. The pitcher walked him on 4 pitches.
I thought – Wow! Now that’s why it’s important to really believe in the outcome you want. Venezuela was losing at that point in the game. This kid could’ve given up, but he didn’t. Instead, he believed so hard in the outcome he wanted — winning this game and moving onto the semifinals — that he was willing to try anything. Instead of doing nothing, he decided to do something. He could be wrong and look like a fool or be right and look like a hero or just not try and look like a loser. It’s awesome he was willing to just go for it.
What are you doing in your life? Are you going for it? Are you willing to go all out, to try anything, to achieve your results?
These little leaguers came to play and they were not afraid to show up for themselves and their team. They haven’t gathered enough evidence in their short lives yet to use against themselves, to doubt themselves. They still believe more in possibility than in limitations. What can you learn from them?
You could learn that limitations don’t matter — because limitations are subjective, simple opinions. You can believe something is a limitation at the same time someone else sees that as an opportunity. You could learn that it doesn’t pay to operate from a position of fear or worry about failure when you’re out to win. At baseball or at life.
When you’re willing to believe in your result no matter what, anything can be possible. That’s the way I want to live my life — full out — believing that anything is possible. And I’m the one that gets to decide that. I’m the one that’s in control of how I want to show up for the rest of my life.
What do you want to believe?