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Playing Without a Bat

May 26, 2010

Now that spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner much of the nation turns its attention to the time-honored tradition and pastime of baseball.   There’s just something special about the game.  When baseball seasons come you know spring time has arrived.  Spring is such a wonderful season; it is a time for birth, rebirth, and new fresh beginnings.   

People love to flock to the ball parks, sit in the sun shine, and watch the players all the way from the pewees to the pros.   Every ball player’s hope and objective when stepping up to the plate is to get on base and hopefully be able to round all the bases to ultimately bring in a run and put some points up on the board. 

 What would you think if you were sitting at a baseball game and the batter walked up to the plate without a bat?  It wouldn’t make a whole lot of senses for a player to do that, would it?

The point of the game is to hit the ball with the bat when it is pitched and hit it well.   It is possible for a player to still get on base without ever having taken a swing.  The pitcher could always throw 4 balls and walk the batter, thereby advancing them to first.  The pitcher could even throw a wild pitch hitting the player allowing them to move on to first base.   It really wouldn’t be a very fun game to watch if player after player were to step up to the plate without a bat and put their fate of success in the hands of the pitcher.

I do not think this is a very realistic depiction of something we will see anytime soon at the ball parks, however we see it every day in real life.   People step up to the plate of life without any tools or equipment in hand to aggressively counter what is thrown their way.  Too often we place or fate in someone else’s hands hoping they will somehow advance us forward in life. 

My challenge to you today is to step up to the plate with full confidence, bat in hand and be ready to swing.  Take control of your situation today and swing for the fences!

Accept the Challenge and Factor the Difference

by Matt Mabe

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Are you up to the Challenge?

November 17, 2009

Are you taking on any challenges right now?  Do you ASPIRE to conquer a challenge that you think is just not possible?  If your answer to either of those questions is No, then, we want to encourage to rethink your abilities.  At Challenge Factor, we BELIEVE that the only way to reach your full potential is to put yourself in a position where you really don’t know what the outcome will be.  In that moment, when doubt creeps in, that is when determination, endurance, and perseverance come into play.  It won’t be easy, but if it was, then it would not be that rewarding, would it?  Experience your full potential by accepting (embracing) the challenges that either confront you or you take on, then factor the difference.  Experience momentum in life.  It truly is possible!  The other cool part about this mindset is that your full potential keeps growing.  How far can you go?  What can you do?  Questions that only you can answer!

By way of an update, we are quickly working what we think will be an extremely useful tool that will enable the growing list of Challengers to begin again.  That is, to “green light” those dreams that have developed cobwebs in your mind’s eye.  It is time to dream again and to live out those dreams.  Please keep checking back with, we are very excited to keep this brand rolling forward because we think this will leave a mark that will be as wide as we (that includes you) want it to be! 

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