I'm a big fan of US professional sport, particularly the NBA (Go Lakers!) and the NFL (whatever happened to the 49ers?) so I listen to quite a few sports themed podcasts including the Tony Kornheiser Show (of PTI fame).
A story he recently told resonates with me after my first script session with Michael Hauge. It was about a young baseball phenom who was renowned as a fast ball hitter. There are big wraps on this kid but he'd never faced Major League pitching before. In particular, he'd never faced a curve-ball thrown by a pro. Fast ball straight down the middle? No problem. Wicked curve-ball? Absolutely no idea. The point of the story? If he is dedicated and talented enough, he will learn to adjust and thrive.
Well, today it felt like I faced a curve-ball for the first time. Didn't even swing the bat... Stttttttttttttttttttrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrike!!!
But that's alright. There will be plenty more at bats before this thing is done. So like the young phenom, I have to lick my wounds, regroup and learn from the experience. Which is the whole point of going through this process with a top notch script consultant.
Also means things are getting real serious now which is where the dedication part comes in.
If you're looking for me I'll be in the 'batting cage' practising my swing...