accountability

Where You Focus, You Finish

Where You Focus, You Finish

What comes to mind when you think of the word “accountability?”

Probably something along the lines of, “I have a problem, and I need you to help me defeat it or get better.”

There’s nothing inherently wrong with being self aware of your own issues. After all, we are all one bad decision away from the worst day of our lives. Stupid is sticky. But when we focus on the broken, we finish on the broken.

What if we looked at accountability differently?

Don't Widen the Plate

Don't Widen the Plate

I once read a story about a retired baseball coach who spoke at a coaching convention. He had coached for decades and had retired recently, but he was the keynote speaker.

As he sauntered onto the stage the audience couldn't help but notice the full size home plate hanging from a string around his neck. It stayed there for the entire speech, but he never referenced it.


As he was closing, he finally mentioned it. He asked coaches at every level of the game, from t-ball to the major leagues, how wide home plate was.

For every single one of them, the answer was the same: 17 inches.

There's a Rattlesnake in the Dugout

There's a Rattlesnake in the Dugout

My buddy Coach Russell Lucas told me one of the craziest stories I’d heard in a long time lately.

He was in the middle of a full day of baseball games. They had some crazy weather, some game delays, and he was just filling me in on the day.

To be honest, I was kind of zoning out, when he said the following words: “We had to stop the game because there was a rattlesnake in the dugout.”