Every once in a while you can knock it out of the park on your first time at bat, on your first swing, on the first pitch (but those results are not typical). And even if the magical moment happens, it’s likely you were prepared to succeed because you had a lot of practice at-bats, and a lot of swings at a lot of pitches. You had the opportunity to hone your skills because you have the opportunity to try and try and try and try again.
To flip a coin and have it land heads-up, you may have to flip it more than once. You may have to try again.
If your goal is to make a quarter land heads-up, you’ve got (approximately) a 50/50 chance of that happening on your first try. If you fail on your first try, your odds are about the same on your second try. And if you try again, your odds remain approximately the same.
There’s not much you can learn through the trial and error of randomly flipping a coin to try and get it to land heads-up which you can apply to future attempts which would make it more likely for you to succeed.
That’s not the situation when attempting to succeed in other challenges.
When you swing your bat and miss connecting with the ball on your first try, you can make adjustments that may help you succeed on your second try.
- You can fix your stance
- You can adjust your grip on the bat
- You can alter the timing of your swing
- You can fine-tune the angle of your swing
- You can control your breathing
- You can choose the pitch you’re going to swing at more carefully
And if you miss the ball on your second swing, you can continue to make alterations to those elements above (or 25 other options I didn’t think to list) when you try again and take your next swing.