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Are You Good At Catching Curve Balls?

Curve BallsAre you good at catching curve balls?  I’m a big Houston Astros fan and just like in baseball, sometimes in business, someone throws you a curve ball.

Things will be going just wonderful and out of nowhere, this curve ball comes flying at your business.  The question is, do you catch the ball or does it throw your whole business into a tailspin?

Curve Balls

Curve balls cause a disruption and the key is to maintain business operations and your people, assets, and brand while dealing with it.

If your business is resilient, it can catch that curve ball and keep going.

Resilience

Resilience refers to the ability to withstand disruptive shocks, manage complexity and recover from tough times.  We have all known businesses who handled the curve ball with ease.  Some even hit the ball out of the park!  There are others who simply gave up when someone pitched a curve ball to them.

Your Personal Life

It isn’t just about business either.  What about your personal life.  Are you resilient?  So many of us don’t take care of our bodies.  We don’t give our body and mind enough time to recover from the curve balls of life and it hurts our resiliency.

If you are always out catching and dealing with curve balls, you need more time to recover or you will burn out!  You need to give your brain a break from high mental arousal states.

Build Your Resilience

Build up your resilience for dealing with curve balls by:

  • unplugging for a bit every day
  • getting out of the office
  • don’t eat at your desk
  • don’t talk about work so much
  • make sure you take all your paid time off
  • if self-employed, schedule breaks and vacations

Studies have shown taking your full vacation time raises your productivity.

Deal With The Curve Balls

Take care of yourself and your business so you build the resilience to deal with the curve balls in life.

While we are speaking of baseball, it is a great way to forget all about work and enjoy the afternoon or evening.   Check out when the next Astro game is at home and head to the ballpark.   Who knows, you just might catch a curve ball!