If you have been reading my blog (3rsofsuccess.com) you know that I believe that success is not rocket science. I believe there are basic principles that, when mastered, lead to success. Just like “Reading, Riting, and Rithmetic” (3R’s) are the building blocks of success in education, any endeavor in life has fundamentals that, when mastered, will cause one to succeed.
In the new book, Home Run, Kevin Meyers (pastor of 12 Stone Church) and his mentor, John Maxwell, give us a basic game plan for a successful life. They use 4C’s instead of 3R’s but I can overlook that! These basic principles can be applied to any and all areas of one’s life: business, relationships, artistic endeavors, sports. I will give you the basics in today’s blog, but you HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! To that end, I want to give two fortunate people this book for free. Comment on this blog and you will go into a random drawing. I will contact the winners for an address to mail their book. Simple as that!
Myers and Maxwell (M&M) use a baseball diamond as their illustration of how to be succesful in this life. The four bases are the principles to be mastered if one wants a “Home Run” Life. They assert that we all start somewhere, (Home Plate) and are all looking to score. They maintain that to really do so, we need to run the bases well. Here is a breakdown of the bases:
Home Plate: Connect with God: This gives you purpose and connects you to power that can overcome any adversity life can throw at you. In a culture that idolizes rebellion, they say we must rather acknowledge the reality that we are completely dependent. If we do that, we are ready to run the bases.
First Base: Character: The Personal base. This is where we get Self Respect, by winning within. Only by being a person of character first, are we ready to move into scoring position.
Second Base: Community: The People base. This is where we learn to win with others. We learn here that it is not all about us! True success in any arena of life comes through serving others well!
Third Base: Competence: The Performance base. This is where we win results. We are at the top of our game! We are almost there! We are successful, and people see that and admire us.
Our culture in the US is all about performance. It drives us so much that we want to short cut or cheat the other bases so we can get to third quicker! We cheat our dependence on God, our development of character and our service to others in the name of getting ahead… M&M liken this behavior to a tee ball player who is so excited when he hits the ball that he runs the bases backward! You may get to third quicker, but you have violated the rules of the game and you will be called OUT!
Home Plate: When we round the bases we end up at Home again. This second time at home plate, we have scored. We have created significance with our life because it has been lived connected to purpose, with integrity, serving others in a way that has had impact.
One other great thing about the baseball analogy is that the game is not over until the lights are turned off. You have another inning… another at-bat. You can still score the winning run for your team. There is always hope until the lights go out…
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