“Bring it in, team!” the coach said. The young, tired legs all assembled at the pitchers mound….
A colleague of mine runs a local non-profit Little League organization and recently described a scenario like this one.
“What are we doing here, guys?”
One particularly outspoken player said….”We’re practicin’, coach.”
“Not really, Jenny…..that’s not what I’m seeing.” the coach said shaking his head. “You guys are just mailing it in today. No hustle, no focus, no sense of urgency. What are we doing, guys? What is the point of practicing if we’re not trying to get better? I mean, seriously, why are we here doing this?”
Why are we here doing this?
That strikes me as a BIG question. Do you ever feel like you are in a rut? Like nothing is really changing, that it’s the same routine day after day, week after week, month, year?
I’ve been there and I’m sure you have too. And I think once you start to get mentally run down by the seemingly pointless, carefully orchestrated, unconsciously maintained, day after day monotony that life sometimes provides….it might be time to closely examine this question of “Why are we here doing this?”
Sometimes the answer is “because people are depending on me” or something along those lines. That’s fair. But I would ask…
…what are they depending on you to provide them?
If the answer is “a roof over their heads, food, drink, educational opportunities, etc.”…I say fair enough. But I would also ask whether they are depending on you for anything else. For instance, are they depending on you to model a particular behavior, or inspire some level of creativity, or teach them some important values beyond just hard work?
Are you responsible for modeling how to be “happily” productive?
Or maybe you don’t have responsibility for anyone else but yourself. And if that is the case, well, the question still remains.
Why are we here doing this? More specifically why are YOU there doing THAT?
What is the purpose?
Do you have a good answer? You probably do.
If not, it might be time to call practice and think about it a little bit.
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