When we go to a Reds game I enjoy watching the game. I like baseball and I do love the Reds. The last two years have been challenging to stay focused for the entire game.

So this year I have been people watching a bit more than normal. With my coaching courses they are teaching us about awareness, nonverbal communication and many other interesting topics. I practice these things whenever I can.

There was a gentleman a couple rows in front of us at the last game. Middle-aged man who brought a glove to the game. We do sit in foul ball territory so I guess that makes sense.

He kept moving seats and at first I wasn’t sure what he was doing. He was with a younger male who may have been a son or a friend…not sure. The other person stayed put.

Although we are in foul ball territory, they don’t come very close to us very often. But one did at this particular game. This guy made EVERY attempt to get the foul ball. He dove into the seats to try and get it. It rolled and a lady walking up the aisle picked it up and was pretty excited.

It all happened so quickly that I didn’t realize it was this guy until he met back up with the other guy in his original seat. He kept rubbing his knees because of the spill he took trying to get that foul ball. He continued to move seats the remainder of the game hoping for another ball.

A foul ball is not something I am going to risk an injury to get during a game. I do pay attention so that I don’t get drilled by one!

He obviously felt differently and wanted a foul ball. His demonstration of perseverance is what stuck out the most to me after thinking through the chain of events. He was willing to do what he could in the given situation to put himself in the best position of a foul ball.

He couldn’t not control the outcome of actually getting the foul ball, but he could control his behaviors to put him in the best position to get it.

Focusing on behaviors and not outcomes is one of the underlying themes of our coaching philosophy.

A client states that their goal is to lose 25 pounds. How do you help them achieve that goal when there are so many factors that impact weight loss?

We establish behavior goals in small, manageable action steps that will move them in that direction.

Those are the things that they can control and can begin incorporating into their daily lives. Becoming consistent with the behaviors will lead to the results that they are looking for.

The guy at the game had his behaviors down pretty well. I hope he ends up with a foul ball!

When you are ready to change your behaviors…drop us a note and let us know how we can help.

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