Progress vs. Perfection

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Recently dove into a book called Mind Gym written by Gary Mack that explores the path to inner excellence…

Ironically, I typically read motivational, success and psychology books then often relate what I learned back to the sports world and creatively think how a strategy or technique could be applied to that realm…

The amazing thing is that whether you are a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the coach of a 10U travel baseball team, the goal to get the most out of your employees and/or players is virtually the exact same.

One of the things that Mack talks about in the early going is “progress not perfection.”  So often our progress is drowned out by our quest to be perfect and we fail to realize our radical improvements.

From personal experience I can say that perfection is an unattainable fictitious goal that simply does not exist… Progress on the other hand is very real and easily attainable simply by putting one foot in front of the other.

Many times throughout the course of my baseball career I would look at my stats and be dejected… My instinct would be to go out and hit 5 home runs in a single game which inevitably lead to trying way too hard thus receiving negative returns.

After struggling in the 2nd half of the 2005 season, I began the 2006 season hitting .200 with 1 home run after the first month… Yet instead of trying to make up for 4 continuous bad months of baseball in 1 game, I simply focused on making progress each opportunity I had a chance to step onto the field. I created a point system that could measure progress based on little things I could do to ensure I was staying consistent in progress… 

1 point for a hard hit ball, hit, rbi, run scored, stolen base or great play in the outfield… 2 for a double, 3 for a triple and 4 for a homer..

Each day I would shoot for 3 points which may not seem like much but if I went 0-4 with a strikeout, hard hit ground ball, line drive out and hit a ball that was caught at the warning track, instead of beating myself up chasing perfection, I would get my 3 points and recognize the progress that was actually made.

Ultimately, in order to be able to truly move forward we have no choice but to let progress shun perfection… 



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