• Brynn Paulin

Call It and Hit It

Idiom: call (one's) shots

Definition: To announce one's intentions or goals before pursuing them.

Babe Ruth very famously called his home run shot in the 1932 World Series. From Wikipedia: "Babe Ruth's called shot" was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms.

Why am I talking about baseball?

I'm not really. Sportsmen call their shots in archery, baseball, soccer, billiards, etc. It happens a lot.

What I'm talking about is calling your shot in life. I'm not much for visualization in a manifestation sense. I do believe in visualization for giving yourself direction and staying on your path.

  • In the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, one of the things he prescribes as part of the morning routine is to visualize.

  • Rachel Hollis, one of my idols, tells her followers and readers to write down their 10 goals or dreams every morning. The same 10. Every morning. But then, you really focus on one of them.

  • Oprah Winfrey says: Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.

  • Will Smith tells that, “In my mind, I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.”

I write this every Thursday, as I consider Thursday the middle of my week (Mon to Sun). It's a good reminder to stay on track.

So here's my disclosure and analysis, so to speak. I've taken to the practice of calling my shot. At some time during the day, I write out my goals. Every day. But I also have them written in various places and in various forms in my planner. I have the big goal, the one thing I'm really focusing on, in front of me at all times.

Like Babe Ruth, I'm calling my shot and telling the universe (or my subconscious if you're more comfortable with that) where it's going to land. And that's out of the ballpark, ladies and gents.

Maybe, it is manifesting in some sense of the word, but it's not magical. You know what happens when you call your shot and you think about it all the time?

  • You make it happen.

  • When it's not happening, you figure out how to make it happen.

  • When it's not happening, you figure out why and correct your course.

  • You know what you have to do, and if you're not self-sabotaging, you will do it.

  • You use your time well.

Knowing the target helps you plan. It helps you achieve.

I decided my 10 goals or dreams, or as I prefer to call them "future realities", a while ago. Now, I've done, or I am doing, four things.

  • I've picked my number one destination. My target. My greatest dream.

  • Every month, I call my shot. I say, "This is where I'm hitting this month."

  • Every week, I evaluate, check my course and decide how to hit my target faster or more accurately.

  • Every day, I remind myself of what the goal is and what I need to do today to get there.

It works. At first, it seemed awkward and maybe pointless, wishful thinking. But the more I invested, the more I believed. The more I believed, the more I started hitting my targets. Over and over. Sometimes, like this month, I hit my targets early--ten days early even. Was it because it was small? No. This month's target was actually bigger than any other.

But have I reached my big goals? No. they're pretty huge.

Will I get there? Yes, I really think so.

Do I think you can get to yours? Yes, I really do. That's the point of writing this. I want to encourage you to call your shot. Tell yourself, tell the universe what your "shot" is and go for it!

All the best for you! You can do whatever you set your mind to doing.

~~ Brynn


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