Contributed by Betsy Butterick - Founding Partner of Success for Teams and The Coaches Coach & Communication Specialist at Butterick Creative Consulting
Let’s set the stage: Major League Baseball is featuring Game 3 of the National League Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. The series is tied 1-1 and it’s the top of the 2nd inning. The score is 0-0 with two outs and runners on 1st and 2nd as Yasmani Grandal steps up to the plate for the Dodgers.
A stat pops up on the screen and the announcers tell us that Mets fans have something to cheer about as Grandal is a whopping 0-22 when at bat with runners in scoring position.
My friend’s Dad, an ex-Dodger himself, says “Alright Bets, 0 for 22… does he suck or is he due?”
The optimist inside me screamed, “He’s DUUUUUE!!” and was promptly punched in the gut by the reality of 0 for 22. Reality told me 0 for 22 was bad. Really bad. If I knew nothing about baseball and you asked me if I wanna put a guy at bat who hasn’t driven in a run the last 22 times he’s had the opportunity I’d think you were crazy.
0 for 22. Does he suck or is he due?
The pitcher wound up and Grandal answered our question with a bullet through the gap to drive in both runners. He was DUE!
The Mets went on to win Game 3 but I couldn't stop thinking about Grandal and the question, “Does he suck or is he due?”
The poor guy failed 22 times before he succeeded in driving in a run. With the weight of going 0 for 22 staring him in the face, something in Grandal defied the odds and changed the game.
Think about it - in Grandal’s situation it would be sooooo easy to suck. So simple to get up there, take your cuts, and sit down at 0 for 23. I mean what’s one more of the same when 22 tries have all told you, “you can’t.”
Now think about this – what an incredible difference it would make to think with every failure that we're now one step closer to success.
0 for 22 is a lot of failure. 0 for 22 makes a strong case for sucking. And, 0 for 22 is a helluva stage for success.
Think about where you’ve been failing recently. What is it that you arguably suck at? Where is it uncomfortable to go right now? What could happen that hasn’t yet?
The choice is up to you if you suck or if you’re due.
Let’s change the game ;)