Think of Yourself as the Pitcher...

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As I look back on my life I notice that I have always put a lot of pressure on myself to make things happen.  Whether in sales, finances, relationships, fitness I had always felt it was up to me to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. Perhaps you know this feeling. 

Basically I would go out each day trying to hit the HOMERUN.  The problem with trying to MAKE IT HAPPEN each day is that you can STRIKE OUT a lot.  With the new economy this HOMERUN approach can leave you or me frustrated, confused and wondering, "WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?"  Because we try hard to MAKE IT HAPPEN and things don't work out like they used to. Have you been feeling this lately?

A few months ago I found that my problem was that I was putting too much pressure on myself.  Instead of trying to be the HOMERUN hitter I needed to switch roles and perhaps you can too...



...and here is why:

Because we have a friendly, helpful, powerful, loving God who is there to be our HOMERUN hitter when we need HIM.  Our role is to simply PITCH to HIM and allow HIM to deliver in the clutch for us.

By pitching we are not on the sideline. We are still actively involved in the events of our life, but the pressure is way less. We don't need Major League Pitching skills.  We can start right where we are at by moving toward that which we desire.

BY PITCHING I really mean our THOUGHT life. The THOUGHTS we think become the results we often see. If we could PITCH thoughts consistent with the UNIVERISAL LAWS that our loving GOD gives us HE can go out and HIT THE HOMERUN (put us in the right place and the right time and have desired results happen).

Now I spend more time being AWARE of the THOUGHTS I am putting out to the universe.  Has that has changed for the better, GOD has been able to hit way more HOMERUNS for me.  I take the singles, doubles and triples too!!




Chuck Carstensen is a Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX; helping buyers, sellers, and investors of residential real estate.  He is a Dynamic Life Coach; The Discovery Coach- "Helping you discover your talents, desires and purpose." Carstensen is a speaker and co-author in the best selling book series Wake Up...Live the Life You Love: Your Wake Up Moments (NOW available go to


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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Interesting. Rather than look at myself for home runs I look for "one base at a time".

Mar 05, 2009 04:40 PM #1
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Chuck, good post, interesting take on business and life.  I do believe that there is someone there to pick us up when we strike out.  I liked to pitch when I played, it was fun to come in relief of the starter and close things down.  I have to agree with Vickie, I am a fan of the small ball, one base at a time, but at all times realizing that there is someone there watching my back! 

Mar 05, 2009 05:04 PM #2
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Chuck - Good post.  The pitcher can be in control but every now and then serves up that "gopher ball."  In my youth I was always the catcher and felt more in control because I was able to handle my pitchers well.  I was even ableto make plays that got him out of trouble every now and then.  However, that "gopher ball" was given up every now and then when he didn't follow my instructions to the letter. 

Mar 06, 2009 12:57 AM #3
Tad Petersen / Home Inspector, Mpls
Safeguard Home Inspections, Inc. - Watertown, MN

Chuck great post, I'm a hockey guy so I like to think of Him as being my wingman as we attack all evils that is the goalie.

Mar 06, 2009 01:42 AM #4
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Thanks for the comment...this was one I probably need to expand on more to make more sense.

Mar 06, 2009 04:58 AM #5
Trevor Elliott
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR

I got it! You are right on. We can only control a few small things. Attitude being one. Thanks!

Mar 06, 2009 05:04 AM #6
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Interesting analogy, Chuck.  And remember, Babe Ruth was the strikeout king as well as the homerun king.

Mar 07, 2009 11:21 PM #7
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