Striking Out

by Olivia Barker
@oliviabark

One time I accidentally watched (I own it and have watched it more than once) the movie A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff. There is a great quote that her dad used to say to her before he (spoiler) passed away. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” -Babe Ruth. This weekend I played in a charity softball tournament and after striking out in one of the games I sat out for an inning...like a giant baby. This isn’t one of my proudest moments, but I think it is important that I am honest with you all. STRIKING OUT SUCKS, not getting a job you want sucks, trying hard and not succeeding sucks, but how you handle it is what’s important.

Obviously I did not handle striking out well. I had practiced for hours at the batting cages, I had stayed late after games the past few weeks and even practiced between games at the tournament, but I still struck out and then I pouted. It only took an inning to get over it, but I really did need that time out to just be mad. I had worked really hard and I felt so disappointed.

Sound familiar? Have you ever worked for something and did not get it or practiced really hard and still did not do well? Phone interviews? Job offers? Projects? It happens to the best of us and sometimes you just need to take a second to get over it because striking out sucks.

Most people will tell you that you cannot let it get to you and keep your chin up, but I am going to tell you that you should take a second to feel sad, mad, whatever. When you just brush things off all the time you get used to just moving on to the next thing, but I think you should take the time to mourn because if you worked hard enough and cared enough about it, it should affect you. If you do not get a job you really want, don’t brush it off, don’t blame something else, take the time to be upset and figure out what went wrong so you can improve. If you applied for a job that you did not get, ask for feedback. If you swing and miss during softball, ask someone to practice with you and get some pointers. When you continue to try, you will eventually hit it out of the park!

No matter how hard you try, how much you practice or how much you want something, sometimes you fail...and that is OKAY! In my last post, Recognizing Your Worth, I encouraged you to not take things personally, but that does not mean it does not hurt. So take the inning to be sad, but don’t let it keep you from playing the game!

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