Category → Phase II Blog Posts
Beginning with childhood and throughout our lives, we are continually evaluated on our knowledge, skills and abilities. This occurs in school, at work, during a leisure activity or an independent pursuit that we are attempting to master. We can probably remember ourselves or our children involved in a sporting program. If it were baseball, do you recall the practices, drills and repetition? Think about the number of times you took batting practice, all the while being astounded that something the size of a baseball bat could actually miss a baseball all those times. Quick quiz: Which batter holds the major league record for strikeouts? Isn’t it interesting to consider that a first ballot Hall of Famer like Reggie Jackson would have had so many successes (home runs) in conjunction with so many failures (strikeouts)?
As it tends to be with most people, you probably found that your performance improved over time. Those running drills served you well, since most of the throws to first base seemed to land behind you instead of in front of you. Though you may not have realized it at the time, you had gotten faster…stronger…more coordinated!
As an adult, such changes are not so fluid or automatic. Improvement may not come so easily. Let’s examine those changes further.
On Friday, June 11th in Chicago, newspapers reported that two million fans turned out to celebrate something that doesn’t happen every day, the winning of a professional championship! Yes, two days beforehand, the Chicago Blackhawk’s defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime of Game Six in the NHL Finals for their first championship in nearly half a century. One third of all the homes in Chicago were tuned in to witness this event and one of them was mine. I watched amazed as 21 year-old Patrick Kane snapped home the winning goal and led the celebration that followed. It was only five years ago that this team barely won two dozen regular season games out of 82, and now they would be ordained as caretakers of major league hockey’s most prestigious award – the Stanley Cup! How does a sports team or anyone for that matter, make a substantial turnaround in such a short period of time? Let’s take a look back…