“When it comes down to it, there are very few people who will swing the bat…Nothing can happen ’til you swing the bat.”
I heard that quote last year and it hit me, pardon the saying, like a bat upside the head. For years, I have been a great idea person. I have a notebook of ideas for great projects, puppet videos, children’s curriculum, businesses, and a myriad of other topics. My problem isn’t the idea part, it is the execution part. How do you take the idea and make it real? And what stopped me: poor planning, laziness, distractions, or all of the above. Guess what, nothing can happen ’til you swing the bat.
So I went back to 6th Grade English class and took a lesson from something I learned there. Take a goal and write down five (practical) ways to help accomplish it. I pulled the Idea’s Notebook out and started combing through ideas and decided to pick the best ones to see how to accomplish them. Which ones held water, as they say.
So 2019 is the year of Swinging the Bat! Goals are being set, practical steps are being laid out, resources are being gathered. So it is time to swing the bat and why not start the new year off a little bit early with the first swing!
I am going to give you a brief history lesson:
-2001: Graduated high school and started working full time (Zstore) and going to school full time at Weatherford Community College.
-2002: Moved out on my own and had to make a decision: work full time and live on my own or go to school full time and be homeless (slight hyperbole – almost moved in with my boss, but finally ended up a friend and then eventually on my own). I chose working full time and living on my own.
-2004: Since I wasn’t enrolled in college anymore, started taking online seminary classes and finished with a certification in ministry.
-2007-2008: Married the most amazing woman in the world and moved from the country to the metroplex.
-2009: Started working at Quatris and was promoted to accounting on the condition that I go back to school and take accounting classes. I enrolled to Tarrant County Community College and received my Associates of Arts degree.
-2010-2018: A lot of life events happen including children, promotions and new jobs, puppeteer training and getting to be a professional puppeteer, websites and interviews, children’s ministry, and so many other things…
-2018: After 17 long years, I am now a college graduate with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Tarleton University. This has been a long and hard road to go down. I couldn’t have done it without the help from Lauren, my family and her family, co-workers, and friends. There were a lot of long nights and weekends booked with studying, papers, and tests, but I am officially done with that.
Nothing can happen ’til you swing the bat and so I am letting this be the the preemptive first swing of 2019. Now onto the next project. What will be your swing of the bat this year?