August 11th, 2011
A few weeks ago, my son played baseball at Cooperstown Dreams Park. It was an awesome experience for him, the team and me.
The tournament included 104 youth baseball teams from all over the US and Canada. For the length of the tournament, each team gets to live in barracks on this “Olympic village meets Disney” complex nestled within the Catskill Mountains and a few miles from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
A week-long event, complete with opening and closing ceremonies, skills competitions and double-headers every day, Cooperstown Dreams Park provides participants with the opportunity to meet other teams, exchange pins, and most importantly enjoy their independence (other than coaches, no parents are allowed in the barracks).
If you are a twelve year old and into baseball, this is where you want to be during the summer.
Back to the point of this post.
Baseball is often a game within a game. Each inning provides the opportunity to display your offensive and defensive prowess. The team that makes the least errors typically wins.
Competing with several powerhouse teams from California, Georgia and Virginia, it was apparent that our boys needed to play their best game each and every inning. Making plays in the field combined with timely hitting allowed us to stay competitive. The goal for each game was simple: focus on winning each inning. When this happened, the team enjoyed success.
Business and personal initiatives can be approached the same way. We easily get caught up chasing bold and lofty grand slam (pun intended) goals but seldom breakdown the game plan and tasks needed to realize them; hence the need to focus on little wins.
As you embark on your next project or product launch, be sure to focus on winning each inning. This will help you claim the larger victory.