As we head into spring, we head into a season of hope and renewal. The grey, dark days of winter are fading. The greening of the grass and the budding of the trees bring the promise of new beginnings.
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Spring also brings the promise of launching a successful season for professional baseball teams and the hope of winning a championship for professional golfers. Reflecting on these athletes' quest for success, we can identify at least two consistent themes:
- The athletes eliminate, as best they can, the personal, financial and social pressures that can get them off target.
- They also impose a type of isolation on themselves, withdrawing from the pressures and responsibilities of day-to-day life, to gather their energy.
It's common for a golfer to isolate himself on the range with a swing coach or a trusted advisor to hone his skills. Spring training for baseball involves teams gathering in relatively small communities in Florida and in Arizona to fine-tune their game.
So what can the rest of us learn from these individuals? The lessons are pretty clear. We need to focus on what is really important to us. We need to take time to recharge our batteries. And we need to have a trusted advisor, coach or confidant for guidance and direction as we head into the greatest competition — the game we call life.
Mar. 14, 2012