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A-ha Moment
 
 
Like when on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation - The United States of America - and were no longer a part of the British Empire.
 
What about you, with your golf, and your life?  Any recent "a-ha" moments?  Find a feel, cue or image that help you hit it more solid - but then it runs away?  Spending your days in meaningful ways - making a difference on the planet, instead of just making a living?  
 
Or are things just ONE, BIG, BLUR? Hard to tell between make-believe and reality?  Confused by the never-ending barrage of supposed experts' ways (isn't social media beautiful, folks?) to swing a golf club, and play this game?
 
Maybe you're wrapped up in climbing that corp food ladder, on which, in fact - there is no top rung?  Or busy leveraging others left and right, like a transient soliciting coins from the crowd?
 
I understand.
 
Regardless, click just above, take 3:45 out of your Independence Day existence, and lend your eyes and ears to the mid-80's award-winning music video Take On Me, by our friends from the Norwegian (I guess it's OK for them to immigrate, right?) synthpop band, A-ha.  Then, per the norm my compatriots - c'mon back this way for some thoughts on how the words within might free you from the BS Empire surrounding us all in the golf world...
 
 
"Take on me (take on me)
Take me on (take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two"
 
Yes - like those swings ('skills practice' it's often referred to...) you've been making off of a perfectly flat piece of artificial turf or grass, with a bunch of 'do-overs' and ZERO consequence.  Those skills aren't transferring to the golf park, are they now?  Kinda like cramming for a test all night, passing said exam the following day - then not remembering (learning) one, single, iota of the material a few days or weeks later.   Sound familiar?
 
Reality - or lala land?  Where are you living?
 
Alternatives?  That's what those original colonies were looking for, remember?  Well, you could practice & train in context specific manners - ways that are conducive for your learnings to last, and transfer to the course.  It's one of the primary tenets of my Train2Trust programs; come for a visit soon (below). 
 
Hint: take a time out during your practice on a regular basis and ask yourself: "how much does this activity, look, taste and feel like an actual round of (competitive) golf?"  Fact: the more it does look like a 'real' round of golf, the more the skills & behaviors will transfer; the less it resembles 'golf reality,' the less they will transfer (and last). 
 
"But I'll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is okay
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry"
 
 
Damn right, our lives are OK... Playing golf.  In America.  How good is that, boys & girls?  Are you truly grateful each and every time you step foot into the golf park environment? Or are you stumbling around, complaining about the state of your game, or some other trivial issue - not realizing how preposterously 'OK' our lives are?  KA-BOOM!!!
 
Thoughts & emotions centered around thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude immediately change your state of mind for the better, did you not get the memo?  Instead of berating, belittling or beating yourself up after your golf ball behaves less-than-admirably (oh, and it will), try one of those emotions on for size, and check out that mental revolution...
 
Say after me (and Seth G., below):
 
"It's no better to be safe than sorry..."
 
Seth:
"In a world without tests and lowered boundaries (i.e. the world adults like you that read this are living in) we have far more degrees of freedom than we realize.

And yet we drift toward convenience.

Ease and convenience.

Ease, convenience and the freedom from the fear of failure.

We were taught compliance from an early age. The opposite of compliance, we’re told, is failure. In order to amplify compliance, people in authority have instilled in us not just a fear of failure, but worse, a fear of fear.

The reason it’s hard to push ourselves, even when there’s no external downside of doing so, is our fear of fear of failure. That feeling, the feeling of insufficiency and doom, pushes us to seek the comfort of compliance instead.

We see the same thing happen with books (short ones are easier to sell than long ones, even at the same price) or online education (a short course on calligraphy will do far better than a six-month deep dive into the Stoics.)

It’s essential that we differentiate between things that remind us of fear and those that are actually risky. In our adult world, the most valuable activities are actually inconvenient, fraught with the fear of failure and apparently un-do-able.

Without someone telling us what to do, without a test to prove that we did it, it’s easy to slip into the dumb lane. Dumb, simple, easy, do-able.

But what if we committed to the other path. To find a way to allocate our time to things that might not work?"

 

CS:

Amen, Seth Godin.  And - it's what making improvement in your golf game is all about:

- You want and expect ease and convenience.  Like Amazon Prime Now for a new pattern (golf swing or attitude).  20 extra yards in 20 minutes.  Cheap, on-line instruction from someone that's never even met you, knows anything about your physical make-up (restrictions, and the like) or seen you swing outside of a video you sent.  Really?  Which alternative universe you living in, anyway?

"It's no better to be safe than sorry..."

- Compliance.  To some average. To some norm.  Afraid to stray... UNLIKE the original 13 colonies.  And the young lady at the diner table pictured above (click on her for some more up-to-date looks from my brethren at Nike Golf). 

"It's no better to be safe than sorry..."

- Comfort.  Oh, that less-than-functional set up and swing are comfortable, aren't they now?  And evolving and improving are uncomfortable, huh?  Yep, got it.  Then go ahead and stay in your comfort zone (where nothing ever grows) and watch you games (golf and life) stagnate, fester and languish in mediocrity. 

You choose; it's a free country, remember?

- The dumb lane.  The path some wanna-be smarty pants instructor, who's been sipping the latest and greatest swing method cool-aide, leads you upon, dumbing you down.  

'Cause you're afraid.  Afraid of discovering what might work best for you. Afraid of taking a walk on the wilder side.  Afraid of asking legit questions.  Afraid of awakening your inner genius. Afraid of failing.

 

I understand - and am here to help you commit to that other path: the one not fraught with the fear of failure and the apparently un-do-able.  How's that for a bad-ass new personal nation? 

 
Christopher@ChristopherSmithGolf.com
 


 
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Train2Trust
 
Summer sessions on the docket!  Non ECC members welcome.  RSVP requested, as space is limited.
 
Christopher@ChristopherSmithGolf.com
 
What's it all about?  It's about my two decades of insight gleaned from top neuroscientists, motor learning experts and human performance specialists (as well as my own trial-and-error experiences - oh, there were lots of errors!) on what, and how, to practice smarter, more efficiently, and more effectively.  Additional info by clicking on logo just above. Open to players of all levels.
 
- Saturday, July 14.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
 
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
 
 
- Saturday, July 28.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
 
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
 
 
- Saturday, August 4.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
 
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
 
 
- Saturday, August 11.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
 
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
 

 


 
“Don't be afraid to fail.  Be afraid not to try.”


-- Michael Jordan

 

 

Best,
 
          ~ CS ~
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