I’m the greatest baseball player in the world! But then plop, and the ball is missed and goes no where. Yet the biggest lessons learned from kids, from newborns to 7 years young is… wait for it… “Positive attitudes”! Yes that’s it! Simple isn’t it? Have you see the curious attitude towards everything in life, from the views of young children? If they bump up against an obstacle on their way towards a goal, they see it as a learning moment. They wish to know why! How come? Not that they lose sight of the goal, but rather they are looking at the problems on their way towards it. They’re making use along the way to learn about it, or learning from the experiences along the way.
Why is it that adults tend to lose sight of a goal when they come across an obstacle? Maybe we can see just how big it is, or how hard it will be, or how much effort it will take! Kids haven’t had these kinds of experiences yet to form an opinion. Either way, is it that we are not as driven, or goal orientated, as kids are towards the wonderful world / life that they are trying to live? Have we lost our curious nature within repetitiveness of life? Have we just come to a point in our lives that obstacles are part of it, and so they’re just common place? Why are we adults so prone to self-inflicted discouragement?
Kids look towards problems as adventures, to be experienced! It is all about the experience of it all, as they make it their first importance in their quest to live life. With this kind of attitude kids are better equipped to take on life as it comes at them. No self-imposed pressures to succeed. No problem in accepting or having to change their goals, or tactic to get to the goal.
Adults on the other hand… well we are our own worst enemy! We have pressures up the wazoo! Most of which is self-inflicted! We have the mortgage payments, car payments, how to raise, and pay for the raising of our kids, how to deal with our bosses in order to get those raises that we are counting on, all so we can spend, spend, spend!!! Oh the madness!!! If that doesn’t give us the feeling of playing Russian roulette with our attitudes what will? We are the self-inflected nightmare of our own choosing!
How is it possible that we as parents still can find the time with all that is going on in our lives, to give kids positive encouragement when they need it? Yet so easily forget to encourage ourselves when we need it! Why? Maybe it is the inner-kid in our minds that just expects life to be easer then we can make it for our self’s.
We must there for except that our goals will not get any closer to us, nor will our success become as great as we envision it to be, if we are not responsible for our own choices. In our thoughts we may be the greatest in the world, so we must make the efforts in all we do to live up to that greatness. When we are faced with obstacles along the way, we should encourage our self’s to think… “Obstacles are the sweetener to our successes in life!”
“When life gives you lemons make lemonade, or put them down you’re shirt to give you’re self bigger boobs!”
Be thankful for what you have, and make the most of the fact that like kids we don’t know everything! Life should be remembered by the experiences that we have, and the knowledge that we can still yet learn to become better.
To be a person of influence you should have a positive attitude when the chips are down! After all having an attitude that is positive towards others, similar to the attitude of this little boy in this story, is the best way to impact people or (our self’s included), in getting up to try another time after failing.
“I’m the greatest baseball player in the world,” the little boy boasted as he strutted around his back yard. Shouldering his bat, he tossed a baseball up, swung, and missed. “I am the greatest ball player ever,” he reiterated. He picked up the ball again, swung, and missed again. Stopping a moment to examine his bat, he stooped and picked up the ball. “I am the greatest baseball player who ever lived!” The momentum of his swing nearly knocked him down. But the ball plopped unscathed at his feet. “Wow!” he exclaimed. “What a pitcher!”
Child like inquisitiveness with a curious nature and a willingness to try after failures is life’s way of giving out the knowledge we need so we may know that we are the greatest ball player, no matter whom the good pitcher is, or who is pitching the life experiences!!! Simply put we must keep the greatest ball players in the game, ourself’s.
All the best!