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Below is a great activity to use when starting the school year, when starting the new year or when starting a unit on motivation.
3 OUNCES by Ron White
I love baseball.
I love going to a game alone, with friends or watching it on TV. I can talk baseball for hours. Even reading about it is interesting for me. Therefore, it should be no surprise that I play on a softball team. I am a decent fielder; however, I take tremendous pride in my hitting. The season before last there was only one at bat that I did not get on base. In other words, I either received a walk or made a hit 29 out of 30 at bats. At the risk of sounding boastful that is an extremely impressive statistic!
However, as sometimes occurs in every aspect of life, I went into a slump the very next season. During this season, I went 6 consecutive at bats without a hit or a walk. I even struck out once swinging! It was very frustrating for me. I quickly became the worst hitter on the team. I was embarrassed and didn’t know what to do and then I remembered Ernie Banks….
Ernie played baseball in the 1950s and he lightened his bat by 3 ounces. He went from hitting 19 homes runs to 45 home runs all because of 3 ounces! So I took a cue from Ernie Banks and last season I lightened my bat by 3 ounces. It was AMAZING! I began clobbering the ball all over the field. I finished the season on a hitting tear.
How much is 3 ounces? Very little…but a lot. Is your life in a slump? If it is, my guess is not because you need a major overhaul. Ninety-five percent of the time, dramatic changes can be seen with just minor tweaking. The difference between $50,000 and $500,000 a year may be the result of minor improvements. If you are not getting your desired result… ask yourself, ‘Is there anything that I can change just a little in my daily routine to see dramatic results?’ Perhaps, a 20-minute daily workout, better time management reading a book a week or some other idea.
Sometimes a small change is all that it takes. You may be surprised how much 3 ounces is!
Writing prompt: Answer one of the following on the back.
1. What are your goals for this year? List 3 things you hope to accomplish along with the specific steps necessary to make this happen.
2A. Describe a very small change you have made in your life (or do you know of another person) that has made a big difference. OR
2B. Describe a very small change in your life that you COULD MAKE that WOULD MAKE a big difference.
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