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In baseball, a .350 hitter can earn millions of dollars a year. A .250 hitter will make a few hundred thousand. Besides the money, what is the difference between these two batters? The answer is: about a quarter of an inch up or down the bat. If the .250 hitter would make a slight adjustment, he would go from making a lot of money to a whole, whole lot of money!

But the question is ... will that .250 hitter make that adjustment?

Oftentimes, the difference between achieving goals and not achieving goals is a matter of a slight adjustment – in our attitude, our work style, etc.

ACTION ITEM 1: Take a look at one of your goals. Is there some type of adjustment that you could make that would allow you to more effectively achieve your goal? Perhaps you are always late to meetings or getting home at the end of the day. What could you do to alter that behavior? Maybe you would like to improve your teamworking skills. Would you be willing to spend more time listening, as opposed to speaking? What about curtailing your judgment of others or viewing other’s concerns from their perspective?

ACTION ITEM 2: Now that you have discovered an adjustment that would help you to achieve your goal … are you willing to actually make the adjustment? This step is as crucial as the first. Once you identify what you need to do, you must act.

You see, the .250 hitter knows about that “quarter of an inch” adjustment, and so does the batting coach, and the manager of the team. But will he make that adjustment?

Will you?

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A man dies and goes to heaven. He is greeted by St. Peter at the heavenly gate. St. Peter says, “Welcome to heaven, but before we can let you in, you have to take a small test.”

“Okay,” says the man.

St. Peter says, “How do you spell God?”

The man replies, “G – O – D.”

“Perfect,” exclaims St. Peter, “Come on in.”

A few moments later, a woman arrives at the gate and St. Peter says, “Welcome to heaven, but before we can let you in, you have to take a small test.”

“Okay,” says the woman.

St. Peter says, “How do you spell God?”

The woman replies, “G – O – D.”

“Well done, come on in,” said St. Peter.

Then about three minutes later, another man shows up to the gate and St. Peter again states, “Welcome to heaven, but before we can let you in, you have to take a small test.”

The man answers back, “Take a test? Do you know what my life has been like? I have worked all of my life. I have had to work with nothing but idiots and morons and let’s not even talk about the customers. Then, I’ve had to deal with a nagging wife and three kids who would drive anyone to drink. And I did this for what? To come here and have you tell me that I have to take a test to get into this place? I can’t believe this… it just keeps getting worse. Okay, I’ll play your game… what do you want to ask me?”

St. Peter replies, “Spell Czechoslovakia.”

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“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Ziggy, comic strip character created by Tom Wilson.

“The key to success is often the ability to adapt.” – Anonymous.

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” - Nathaniel Branden, psychotherapist, author.
Bob Garner
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