Back Against the Wall? Swing Batter, Batter, Swing!
You wake up late for work because your alarm never went off, but you still manage to get ready and finish with just enough time to spare. But, on your way out of the door, you realize you can’t find your keys and you’re forced to spend the next 15 minutes tearing your room apart only to find them on your desk in plain sight.
We’ve all had days like this. And, what ends up happening as a result is our energy is off and we feel like we can’t find any peace. So, what do you do when your back is against the wall? Swing batter, batter, Swing!
Oftentimes when I find myself in these situations, it has the potential to ruin my entire day. The rest of the day feels like I’m walking through a mine field blindfolded and because I have the expectation for things to go wrong, they usually do and I never find myself very satisfied. But lately I’ve been trying to dig a little deeper to better understand days like this.
What I’ve realized is that when your back is against the wall, sometimes the best thing you can do is swing. Now, just so you know, I’m referring to a proverbial swing. I’m not necessarily condoning you clocking your manager or punching the lights out of your professor, regardless of how bad you want to. When I say swing, I’m really referring to cathartic release through force and giving into the weightlessness of momentum.
Remember when you were a child and you had to get those immunization shots, but you were deathly afraid of needles? I think it’s quite similar. The more you tense up, the more soreness you will experience after your shot, prolonging the recovery time. In some cases, it might even result in you having a fever or otherwise uncomfortably exacerbated symptoms. In this case, the more you expect the day to get worse, the harder it is for you to roll with the punches, which ultimately tanks your energy, preventing you from getting any exciting lessons or breakthroughs throughout the day.
The next time you feel caged in, ganged up on, or like your day is hell bent on disaster, swing! Visualize whatever the problem is that has you backed into a corner; the situation is the assailant and you are the petrified girl from the horror movie who magically stumbles across a bat. Then, gather your gusto and swing batter, batter, swing! But don’t stop there. Follow through, not only knocking your problem and situation out of the park, but allowing yourself to take flight through submitting to the momentum. I know it may sound hokey, but every bad situation doesn’t have to result in a bad day, or even a bad night. As long as you have your proverbial bat and the gusto to swing, you will always remain in control of what does and doesn’t have the power to impact you. You’d be surprised how powerful visualization can be in the solving of everyday problems.
Feel free to share any other tips and tricks you have for tackling bad days!
Cheers to proverbial baseball bats, bouts of laughter, and the drying of tears.