How To Be The Best In Your Profession: 6 Lessons From Cliff Lee
This past Friday the best pitcher in baseball Cliff Lee was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Texas Rangers.Â It wasÂ the third time in less than two years that Lee had switched teams.Â As I wasÂ listening to ESPN Radio’s analysis of the trade, itÂ was noted that it was Lee’sÂ approach that put him at the top of his profession.
Upon hearing that statement, I began to research what was unique about Lee’s approach and what we could learn from it.Â Could changes in our approach help us become the best in our chosen profession?Â With help from a number of sources includingÂ Mike McCallÂ of MLB.com,Â the following areÂ some of the practices that make upÂ Lee’s successful approach to life:
- OptionsÂ - Lee has command over five pitches while most major leaguers have control of only two or three.Â Leaders, for more about how to diversify your skills andÂ get as many options as possible, click here.
- Focus – He developed this broad-basedÂ package of pitchesÂ because “he put his mind to it”.Â Leaders, what are you putting your mind to?
- Confidence -Â As a result of his options and focus, he is never afraid to trust his preparation and throw any of the fiveÂ pitches.Â Also, confidence is determined by our memory, not the current scoreboard of our life.Â Leaders,Â do you find confidenceÂ inÂ your preparation?
- OthersÂ - Lee had become a great tutor for Seattle pitchers Jason Vargis and Doug Fisher.Â They hated to see him go.Â Â A quality approach to life is one that is generous and benefits others.Â Leaders,Â who are you investing in?Â
- Perspective – After being with now four teams in less than two years, Lee understands that baseball is a business first.Â He is very flexible and keeps the bigger picture in mind.
- Evaluated ExperienceÂ - It’s been said experience is life’s best teacher.Â That statement is false.Â Experience that has been properly evaluated is life’s best teacher.Â Lee was 4-0 with a 1.56 in last year’s post-season.Â ThatÂ experience andÂ his learningsÂ give him a sense of calm as he approaches games moving forward.
Options, Relationships, Confidence, Externally-Focused, a Proper Perspective, and EvaluatedÂ Experience.Â Leaders, how are you doing in these six areas?Â Let us know what approaches workÂ best for you?
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