On Deck with 3 Bats: How I push beyond my boundaries

The arrival of spring also means the arrival of baseball season in the United States. Watching the players on deck swing 3 bats as they awaited their turn at bat made me think of what I do on a regular basis to push my own boundaries.

One of my favorite quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, says that “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” That has stayed with me over the years and I believe it applies just as much to the boundaries of our comfort zones.

baseball-batsBefore I moved from Northern Virginia to Germany with my family, I had a fairly comfortable, predictable life. I didn’t have to push myself very hard because I had my routine, I had enough clients, we had our circle of friends, and we could have gone on like that forever. Continue reading