Home Run Summer

On July 12, 1932, almost a century ago, player Babe Ruth set a jaw-dropping world record of 137 career home runs. But the lore that still surrounds the ballplayer is often remembered more than his incredible stats. Did he really point to the outfield and “call” where he was going to hit a home run in the 1932 World Series? Some sports reporters said he did; he later claimed he was merely pointing toward the scoreboard to insult the Cubs.

Whether or not the legend is true, the attitude behind that gesture is one I sincerely hope you adopt this summer.

Do you remember being seven or eight years old during summer vacation? You knew what you were going to do: play outside… eat popsicles… maybe just sit in front of the fan. It was remarkably easy to point and say what you were going to do. Of course, part of that was likely because— let’s face it— eating a popsicle isn’t exactly tough work.

However, the simplicity of voicing your plan is worth acknowledging. Not just hoping that something might push you to create a goal, but telling the world ‘this is my plan’ turns a daydream into a possibility. Pointing to your goal makes it very real.

This hot month of July is an excellent month for pointing to your goals. Pour yourself a cool drink, sit in the shade, let your mind wander, and take a mental walk around the possibilities. What are you going to do now that the nation has begun to emerge from the pandemic? What will you achieve by the end of the month? By fall? By the end of the year?

Point to it. Claim it. Then, swing for it.

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