What the Boston Red Sox taught me about resilience

Hello dear reader:

You just have to touch them with your caps.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a baseball fan or not; even if you love the team or can’t stand them … you have to marvel at how they did it.

My name is David Pynn; I’m the guy who helps people grow their businesses.

Between my clients from coaching, conference calls, and other obligations in October, I had to take some time and watch them do it.

What do you ask?

I had to watch self-proclaimed “idiots” make baseball history.

For those readers who are not familiar with this story, let me inform you.

The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team in North America. They have not won their league championship series (the World Series) since 1918.

Do you know Babe Ruth?

He was once a player for the Boston Red Sox and was traded to his hated rivals … the New York Yankees. Some fans say that a curse was born that day, since since that exchange 86 years ago; the New York Yankees have won numerous titles and World Series victories. On the other hand, the Boston Red Sox have seen nothing but disaster.

But loyal Boston fans have stayed true to their team for decades. Some fans were born and died without seeing their favorite team win a championship … at least until this year.

The Major League Baseball playoffs are a month-long event in which a champion is crowned. To win the World Series, a team must pass and defeat 3 different teams in a “best of” format.

Series One is a “best of 5” format, and Series Two and the final series are “best of 7” formats.

The Red Sox won their first series against the Anaheim Angels. It was all 5 games and it was a great series. Unfortunately for Boston, the Yankees won their first series and advanced to play them in the second series.

Let me set this up for you …

The media was a frenzy, everything from Babe Ruth and the curse to years spent with the Yankees beating Boston was all people were talking about.

Some people say that this is the best rivalry in American sport.

The best of 7 format went like this … Games 1 and 2, and Games 6 and 7 were played at Yankee Stadium, while Games 3 to 5 were played in Boston.

The Yankees won the first 3 games of this series and took a 3-0 lead in this best-of-7 playoff. Game 2 hit the record books as the final score was 19-8. It was the highest-scoring game in Major League history.

The verdict was … no team in Major League history has come back from a 3-0 series lead to win a playoff series. The Boston Red Sox finished. Another disappointing year for the Boston faithful, and another year in which they lost to the Yankees.

Most men’s and women’s teams would have called it a season. Being down 3-0 in a best-of-7 series brings a lot of emotions: frustration, disappointment, and even a bit of anxiety.

But this team taught me about resilience, remember?

How do you look history in the face and rewrite it?

Simple … you take it one game at a time.

To make a long story short, the Boston Red Sox won the next 3 games to tie the series and force a final Game 7, where they beat the Yankees 8-3 at Yankee Stadium.

These self-proclaimed “idiots” did it. They went on to win the last Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. It only took them 4 games, and they made the best team in baseball look dumb.

So how did this team rewrite history? Looking at it as a problem and working to solve it.

His problem was everything from a curse to 86 years of failure and the weight of a city on his shoulders.

How do you deal with a problem … a problem that you may not see a way out of and the chips are stacked against you?

You can break any problem down into 4 simple steps … no matter how big or small the challenge.

I warn you: these 4 steps always work!

1. Intent: You must want to change something before you can change it.

2. Willpower: do the things necessary to change an unwanted habit or trend.

3. Commitment: Establish a solid contract with yourself so you don’t fail no matter what.

4. Observation – Take a few minutes each day and watch the process go.

If you are not satisfied with the result after a period of time, change your commitment and disposition. Try to work hard to clarify the situation. Continue to watch your actions to eliminate any habits that may allow you to return to the old routine.

Trust me, it won’t be easy. If it was easy, anyone could do it.

Whether it’s to quit smoking, lose a few pounds, pay off debt, build a business, or win a Major League Baseball championship; These 4 steps can help you focus and solve the problem.

Feel free to email what your big problem is that you may need guidance and help to overcome … don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone!

You can email me at mailto: [email protected]

Hope I can help you solve your big problem.

Make it the best week of your life!

David J. Pynn

International Success Coach

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