Catcher University exists to help catchers reach and maximize their potential, on and off the field. In order to maximize your potential as a catcher you must be a great teammate.
Catchers are leaders on the field. True leaders – the kind that actually have people following them whether or not they have been labeled “captain” – are great teammates.
In this next installment of our How to Be a Great Teammate Series we are going to consider three words that could change your career.
#16: PRACTICE SELFLESS COMPASSION
You can’t be a great teammate if you are selfish. Great teammates… are selfless. This doesn’t mean they think less of themselves; it means they think of themselves less. They are more focused on others and think about how they can serve others. Always remember, you don’t have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (p. 66). Wiley. Kindle Edition).
Let’s break down each of the three words and consider what it could mean for catchers…
Practice implies intention. It means you have to consciously work at it. It is highly unlikely that you are just going to roll out of bed and show selfless compassion for your teammates without practicing it.
And, let’s be clear, it’s OK for you to have to practice selfless compassion. Welcome to 99.9% of the population. Own the fact that you’re going to have to be intentional and consciously practice selfless compassion. Then, just like when you practice your baseball skills, you can trust that the more your practice the easier you’ll find it to be selfless and compassionate.
So, we know we have to practice being selfless, but what does that actually mean?
Jon Gordon sums it up perfectly…
This doesn’t mean they think less of themselves; it means they think of themselves less. They are more focused on others and think about how they can serve others.
To put it another way, being selfless does not mean that your goals don’t matter. It also does not mean that you are unimportant. It simply means that you are more concerned with how you can help others succeed than you are your own success.
Compassion is a word you have probably heard many times, but for our purposes today we are going to use the following definition:
Showing concern for others’ well-being
Compassion means that you care about the well-being of your teammates. When you are compassionate, you pay attention to teammates that are having good days or bad days, and either celebrate with or encourage them accordingly. Compassionate teammate notice and look out for their teammates well-being.
You can’t be a great teammate if you are selfish. Great teammates practice selfless compassion.
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