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Life can really throw you some curve balls. Some days it’s seems like its a barrage of curve balls intermixed with knuckle balls, speed balls and few spit balls that splatter on you. What do you?  Do you stay in the batter’s box and keep swinging even when everything you hit seems to go foul?  Or do you find that a pitch or two goes by and you think to yourself “I should’ve hit that!”
How do you respond on those days when you are determined to stay in the batter’s box,  adjusting your swing, keeping your eye on everything thrown at you and the curve actually hits you? Oh it’s STINGS!  You recoil in pain, grumbling (maybe swearing) under your breath. The hit makes you step back  and regroup however, by staying in the box and taking the hit you are still able to move forward. Not the way you like to progress but still progress.
Mark Edwards said “You can’t control the curve balls life thows you, so you have to learn how to control yourself and change quickly to make sure the curve ball doesn’t know you out.”
Learning to control yourself is the real value of this crazy life experience. No matter what life throws at you, STAY IN THE GAME. Keep swinging. Learn to adjust to every pitch. Step out of the box for a moment and regroup then step back in ready to swing. Not all games are easy. Some games we loose and others we win but remember it’s the season that counts not a single game.
Jody Sedrick
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USAV Junior NationalsWe are enjoying day two of the USAV Nationals (Jr. Olympics). This morning the girls really struggled the first game. They were sluggish, slow to respond, and you could see in her face they just were not ready to play.

Game two was a completely different story! Their coach pulled them into a huddle. I’m not sure what she said, but you could see the fire in her face – motivating, inspiring, pushing the girls out of their current mindset.  They came on the court a different group. Things really got rolling when they won three serves in a row. Faces lit up, the pace quickened and they caught on fire.

It’s amazing what happens once you change your mind set. Cultivating little bit of HOPE and BELIEF that you can do it IGNITES a fire in your heart and your ATTITUDE changes. EARNING little wins BUILDS MOMENTUM. Once you have MOMENTUM it’s hard to stop success. Change your mindset and success will steamroll, building on itself, creating momentum that is difficult to stop until WINNING is an EXPECTATION not random luck.

No matter what it is, business, personal endeavors change your mindset and WIN!

Jody Sedrick
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How do you respond to adversity?

Is your first reaction to recoil and curl up in the fetal position? Do you react in anger and frustration? Or, do you press forward with a determination to succeed.

Remember your mindset is everything!  You can choose to be defeated or you can choose to succeed. There is no in between. As my wife ways when things get tough, “Time to woman up and put my big girl pants on!”

If you are struggling here are a seven tips to help you regroup and get back on track.

  1. Take a breath – Go ahead take a deep long cleansing breath. Felt good didn’t it.;)
  2. Take a walk – Get up and take walk. Do it now – no excuses. Amazing what a few minutes of fresh air and activity will do for your brain and attitude.
  3. Take a time out – A good coach knows when to take a time out.  A strategic time out is a powerful tool to regroup, to refocus our energies and to get back on task. Your tendency will be to look backwards. Instead assess where you are then look forward to where you want to go. Start from where you are today and and build a plan to get to your goal.
  4. Take baby steps – A long term plan is good – you need that.  However, you will find greater success and feel better about your progress if you work your plan backwards into manageable, measurable and achievable baby steps. Every one loves to win – design your plan in a way that allows you to have mini-wins along the way.
  5. Recognize “The Dip” – To many of us get discouraged and give up to soon. Recognize  you may be on track you may have just encountered a dip. (see Seth Godin’s Book – The Dip). Think of climbing a mountain.  Your climb is not always straight up. There are dips and valleys that prepare yourself for the next climb. Discipline yourself to work through the dip and stay on course. You are most likely one valley away from an awesome view.
  6. Don’t Complain – ok complain for a little bit, vent, get it off your chest. Now look for a solution. Griping will never solve a problem or create an opportunity.  Like my wife says to my daughters, “Now that you’ve got that off your chest, put on your big girl pants and woman up! You’ve got this! Now go solve the problem and get it done!”  Yes I had to quote my wife twice because it is sage advise for everyone.Quit complaining and ….
  7. Get to work – Don’t languish, don’t over analyze. Get busy! Get to work! The sooner you get to work the sooner your are back on track and the closer you will be to achieving your goal!

Every dip, every obstacle creates an opportunity for growth. You can chose to shy away or you can face the challenge and become better than you are today.   Your destiny is unwritten. Take control and write a story that will be amazing!

“You’ve got this! Now go solve the problem and get it done!”

Jody Sedrick
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One strike closer to a home runManaging your business or sales territory will inevitably throw you a few curveballs. Don’t get psyched. Take a breath, regroup if needed and stay in the box! Stay committed to face every pitch!

Only in the box can you conquer the game. Sure you will hit a few foul balls, a strike or two will get by. You won’t read every customer correctly or win every sale. Remember every pitch is another opportunity to HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK!

Stay in the game. Keep swinging! Your next pitch could be the Grand Slam you’ve been working for.

Have a great week!
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Jody Sedrick
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