When The Shit Hits The Fan
You know what I mean - on the links, and now more and more upon life's daily sidewalks circa September 2020 - especially in and around CS HQ in the great state of Oregon.
As if that nasty bug ravaging the human race and the even nastier social justice angst combo weren't sufficient, now wildfires (Mother Nature is not at all happy with the human inhabitants of her planet..) are destroying lives all around us.
Apologies for the borderline (climate change and viruses have no borders, FYI) vulgar title of today's missive - yet is it any more offensive than what we are all experiencing on a daily basis right now? I think not...
And, just where, and to whom, do you turn when the 'you know what' does hit the fan in a round of golf? Like when things are moving along in a hunky dory fashion then - BLAP - a bad break rears its ugly head? Or when your swing appears to be so dialed in then - POW - a bad motion pops up and becomes (your choice, boys & girls) more contagious than the 'Vid. Clear-headed you are then - SOK - temporary confusional insanity takes over (how are your blood sugar and hydration levels?).
Are you then in search of a couple of superheroes to right your ship, like our masked (they never had a problem with masks, did you notice?) dynamic duo pictured above? But, what if they are not available, what then, my fellow roamers of the links?
Time to look in the mirror, friends, and put your own cape on to turn that fan off or protect yourself from its projectiles, and serve yourself (and others more in need than you..).
I can help with my in-person, and remote coaching offerings. This ain't just about how to hit it better, it's about guiding you to self coach - to ready yourself for the next round of excrement coming towards the blades (it too shall come). How to prepare. How to acknowledge, accept and adjust. How to respond.
Click on my mug below for details - ping me for a live consultation.
No one better in this domain than "The Wizard of Westwood," John Wooden. He mostly remained calm, cool and collected court-side (do you, when situations get challenging?), program rolled up in hands, as the game rolled on.
"Failure to prepare is preparing to fail."
Why and how so? Wooden knew that once the game began, much was in fact out of his control, so he prepped his players as best he could (intention was a big part of his plan, always - what his team wanted to do, and achieve).
Take a page out of the Wizard's program, for your own game:
A. Gear your practice for the 'inevitability of anything, and everything.' A helping of my Train2Trust principles would assist mightily.
B. Put your intention out there before arriving on the 1st tee. Your brain - the thing that's running the show - likes to chase things. So give it something specific to go after, not some vaguery, and have the courage to go beyond some average (so boring) goal.
C. Attached to the outcome, a score, or winning? Perhaps it's time to change your definition of success. The following worked quite well for John Wooden - why not try it on for size?
"Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming"
Still fear (the biggest turd of all..) disappointment, disillusionment or disgust? I understand. Click on 'Coach' above for further insight and wisdom from his 2001 Ted Talk.
'Worser,' you ask? That's not a word, is it? It is now... Allow me to join the Interweb and SM masses for a brief moment and just make up any darn thing I want - regardless of legitimacy.
You thought your round of golf (and life this calendar year) couldn't get any worse? Think again...
Then think about all you have going for you. How 'rich' you are (quantity of material possessions, or how little you need?). How you can appreciate what is, instead of bemoan what isn't.
Whoa is you, parading around in the out-of-doors playing a (largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things) ball and stick game while others are fighting for survival. Are you playing the role of the victim in (the now rare..) middle seat? I understand, and want to help shift that useless mindset.
So, please follow these directions:
A. Click on the classic Gary Larson "Far Side" funny just north.
B. Turn volume on your device to a pleasing level for you (just like with golf swing, this isn't about some ideal, average or someone else's way..), and ponder the song's lyrics, and a wizard's solutions.
C. Never Surrender.
"Just a little more time is all we're asking for
'Cause just a little more time could open closing doors
Just a little uncertainty can bring you down"
John Wooden: "Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time."
"With a little perseverance
You can get things done
Without the blind adherence
That has conquered some"
John Wooden: "Nothing will work unless you do."
"And when the night is cold and dark
You can see, you can see light
'Cause no one can take away your right
To fight and to never surrender
To never surrender"
John Wooden: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
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