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Championship Resilience

Last Friday night – and deep into Saturday morning – the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox battled through the longest game in World Series history. The 18-inning contest was the longest in innings played, as was the seven-hour and twenty minutes played, the longest in the duration of time too.

To help put that into perspective, consider that in the 1939 World Series, the New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds in four straight wins, and that World Series sweep took a total of seven hours and five minutes! 

Sure the 1939 World Series was devoid of television commercial breaks, but can you imagine yourself investing seven hours and twenty minutes in any physical, mental, and emotional activity or contest on Friday night? These two teams absolutely battled back and forth!

Down one run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning – down to their last four outs – the Red Sox hit a home run to tie the game. The game then went into extra innings. Then after the Red Sox took a one run lead in the top half of the 13th inning, the Dodgers rallied to tie the game again, when they were down to their last out in their bottom half of the 13th.

Then over the next four innings both teams had to stave off threats and rallies from their opponent, before the Dodgers ultimately won in the bottom of the 18th inning on a lead-off home run.

What is it that fueled those athletes and coaches and training staff – as well as the umpires? How could they remain focused while exerting the energy needed to attempt to win Game Three of this year’s World Series? To battle back and forth and stave off opponent rallies and threats? To do that for over seven hours straight?

How about you? During the “average” work day, how do you invest the physical, mental, and emotional energy needed to do your job at the highest level possible, and sustain those levels, day after day?

The word is “resilience.” Mister Webster defines it as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”

You do not have to be a major league baseball player or coach competing in the World Series to face adversity, difficulties, and challenges – in life or in your job. Every day, at some level, we will face some type of challenge, adversity, or difficulty, and we need resilience to press on through that, to perform our job in such a way, that we ultimately succeed with excellence…maybe even championship level excellence.

Throughout our lives, and in our jobs, we will face these challenges, adversities, and difficulties, and when we do, we need to first be appreciative of these. Yes, you read that right! We need to be appreciative, because these times lead us to grow stronger and to have more resilience. A positive attitude will help us have resilience, and that positive attitude comes from our appreciation of past struggles, and our growing ability to handle them, with a growing resilience.

With this continually developing resilience, gained through those tough times of challenge, we can then grow our confidence in our ability to not only handle future challenges, but most importantly, have the ability to overcome these challenges, difficulties, and adversity so that eventually we don’t just “survive” them, but in fact, we begin to succeed through them. Ultimately that success through resilience will help us achieve great things.

Even win our own championships in life and in our careers.

Develop resilience. Be resilient. Use your resilience to Grow Greatness in your life and career.

Roy Heintz