Maybe you stayed up late last night watching the Cards and the Rangers. I had planned on the game being over around 10 – um, not so fast – to be continued this evening. As I watched that World Series game, I thought about this word: resilience. For me, resilience as it relates to job seekers, seems to be a whole lot like the game of baseball:
To fight your way back.
To charge your way through.
To find your way forward.
To give more than you ever knew you had.
To keep the faith even when the facts aren’t in your favor.
To see possibilities when many would pack it up and go home.
To not let distractions distract you.
To rely on your team to see you through.
To keep your eye on the ball when you rip it or you don’t.
To not think you’ve won when you’re but one strike away.
To want it more than the opposition does.
To be in the moment en route to the goal.
To keep your cool when you don’t like the call.
To view rejection as a reason to keep going, not an end result.
To do whatever it takes to stay in the game: walk, run, slide, sprint, dive, drive and maybe even play hurt.
To get up faster than you fell down.
To not let up in good times or bad.
To not be deterred by bad calls or low balls.
To add excellence into each and every move you make.
To keep your head in the game, no matter how loud the noise.
To swing hard when it’s your turn to shine.
To sustain a winning spirit when nothing is going your way.
To convince yourself that you can’t win if you don’t play.
To carry on with confidence when you screw up, or when someone screws it up for you.
To sustain a respectful demeanor no matter the stats on the scoreboard.
To be ready for what’s coming at you, be it curve balls, back door sliders or change-ups.
To keep on playing, even if you have to go for extra innings.
It ain’t over till it’s over ~ Yogi Berra