At my softball game last week, I was running to the outfield with a teammate and we were joking about how bad our at bats had been the past couple games. He told me that a grade school coach of his always said that if he was in a slump, to change one thing each at bat until he gets right. I thought about that for a second and told myself that at my next at bat I would change one thing. I walked up to the plate, watched the pitch come to me and I waited an extra half second before I swung. Boom. Two-run home run. I was back in my zone.
This was yet another example of on-field lessons that could easily translate into my everyday life.
Nobody likes being stuck in a rut. Imagine having the power to cut it short by changing one, tiny thing that can get you back to your positive place. It really can be that easy. You can’t improve without making an adjustment. Maybe for you, it’s making breakfast for your partner before they get up, or taking it slow driving to work while thinking about how great the day is going to be or making sure you do more listening than talking.
Make tweaks until something breaks through. It can be something so small, like waiting that extra half second.