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“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” – Babe Ruth

Last Friday, I went with the singles group at church to my first Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. I had a lot of fun!! I enjoyed everything about the evening.

It has been extremely hot in Fresno, and I thought I would be hot, sweaty, and miserable. I spent the day drinking water, picking some cool but appropriate clothing, and looking for a baseball cap so I could put my hair in a ponytail and still wear a hat to protect my face from the sun. The walk from the parking lot to the stadium was HOT. When we got inside, I was surprised and relieved. We had great seats in the shade, and a nice breeze would periodically come through the stadium.

I am not a big sports fan but know a little about baseball. I enjoyed watching the game. I did not realize that fun things would happen in-between innings. Three people dressed like famous people raced each other (don’t ask me who they were dressed as). The event was fun to watch. Several trivia questions occurred throughout the evening and fireworks after the game. I did not eat at the game, but the hotdogs looked delicious.

The most important thing about the game is THE GRIZZLIES WON 5 TO 4!

The players won because they did not allow the strikes to keep them from completing the game and reaching their goal of winning. There were strikes, foul balls, fly balls caught by the opposing team, and the umpire calling an out when you thought the person was safe! Yet, both teams continued to play to the end. There were no public temper tantrums or fights between the teams (who knows what went on in the dug-out).

Do you complete the course you started? Do you give up because it is too hard? Many “throw in the ball” and feel like they have failed. DO NOT GIVE UP! Strive for what is important to you.

How to do hard things: 6 practical tips

1. Identify exactly what's hard. Instead of thinking, I can't do this because it's hard, try figuring out precisely what part of the task is challenging.

2. Break the task down.

3. Consult your resources.

4. Start with what you do know.

5. Separate hard from impossible.

6. Get clear on the end result.

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