This is a guest post from Nathan H. Rubin, Head of People Operations and Lead Content Creator at Super.cc.
“Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical” - Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra was an iconic baseball player and he’s famous for saying things that sound great, but don’t quite make sense. While his math doesn’t add up in the above quote, the point is relatively clear.
Life is a mental game and being in the right mindset and maintaining perspective is important to succeeding. Things in life don’t always go as planned, and adjusting to change and being resourceful are necessary components of success.
We’ve all experienced moments when we feel like we’re reacting to the things life is throwing at us. Why is it that some people tend to give up and be at the mercy of the universe, when others continue pressing forward?
Their tenacity lies in their ability to control their emotions and thoughts. Their mental fortitude and their maintenance of perspective are what keep successful people with their “eye on the prize”.
Having focus on your long-term goal will prevent you from getting sidetracked when unexpected events suddenly jolt your world.
We must come to terms with the truism that the only constant in life is change itself. Philosophers have dedicated portions of their lives to pondering the constant flux of the universe.
Perhaps Herclitus, the famous Greek philosopher, said it best: “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.”
What does that mean? It means that with each passing moment of time, not only have we gained more experience (so we are different), but the world is also changing around us.
You can step into the same river, but the water flowing around you will be different than the first time. This quote, in my mind, exemplifies how to approach life. Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of your own limitations, but also be aware of how time is affecting you.
Are you learning from your experiences? Or do you seem to repeat the same mistakes over again? Do you roll with the punches, or do you remove yourself from the ring?
We all face trials and tribulations in life, but what matters is how we respond. So my question to you is: When life throws you its next curveball (and it will), how will you respond?
Nathan H. Rubin is the Head of People Operations and Lead Content Creator at Super.cc and currently resides in New York City. You can find him blogging at the Super.cc Blog or on Twitter where he tweets about personal development, productivity, Life-Hacks, and technology.