The Right Field Fence

The life we are living between our ears can be vastly different than the one we are actually living.

I remember one time in college, our baseball coach set up a camera in the left field parking garage.  He had one of the assistants focus on just one player for an entire practice, following him every step with the camera.  When asked to come in and watch film, I was excited for the opportunity to improve.  I of course was expecting to walk in and watch film of my swing or taking ground balls, but what I found instead was far more valuable.  From tying my shoes at the beginning of practice, to raking the infield at the end of practice, we sat there and watched my every move that day on the practice field. 

It was horrifying.  Strangely, I was not nearly as cool as I thought I was? I was an amateur…an amateur that sure appeared to enjoy grabbing his crotch and cup all day.

I had all kinds of embarrassing habits and movements.  The person I saw on that film was completely different than the one between my ears.  I learned a few valuable lessons that day.

First lesson learned…We all need to look at ourselves from behind the right field fence from time to time.  

It is so easy for us to get narrow vision and not see the truth.  We see what we think the truth is, but is it really the truth?  Don’t get stuck in your ego and think you “got it”.  If you are not growing, you are dying.  Looking at your life from a different perspective will help ensure you are staying on track. Take a vacation. Do something different on the weekend. Go spend time in nature.

Secondly, what a man thinkieth he becomes.   

Even during just the course of a season, our experiences and interactions on and off the field formulate our mental states.  This is why it is so important to hang out with the right people.  Looking back at my career, when I was playing my best baseball, it was also during the times when I was surrounding myself with the best teammates and coaches…on and off the field. A great coach understands this, they understands that a players state of mind is what really drives one’s experience on the ball field. Are you expecting to get a base knock or strikeout?

This is absolutely no different than life.  Control your mind and you will control your life.

Remember, we are really 3 different people.  We are who we think we are, we are who we think people think we are, and then we are who we really F’ing are.  Looking at your life from behind the right field fence every once in a while will help melt these 3 different people into 1.

Living authentically is freedom. 


Find a way to set up your right field camera.  Surrounding yourself with authentic honest friends and living in consultation is a beautiful thing.  There are many ways to get a different perspective on the way your living.  Don’t be afraid to get away and look at yourself.

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Matt Miller
Author: Matt Miller

Matt Miller has done many things in his young addition to just surviving. In 2002, Matt left behind person he once was as his life was suddenly changed forever by a horrendous mountain climbing accident. Diving for his falling father, Matt fell over 4,000 feet before miraculously stopping just short of the ragid cliffs. Through a night of survival and pain, Matt persevered but lost most of his fingers and toes as a result from frostbite. Matt does everything from public speaking, one-on-one consulting, firm strategy, as well as company retreat facilitation. With a seasoned investment background and passion for educating the investment world, Matt also can't resist sharing his comments from time to time on markets. Matt is also an avid runner, successfully completing over 10 marathons without his toes! He is 38 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

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