Three facts have changed the way I play golf. These are more than lessons for enjoying a round of golf – they spill over into lessons for enjoying life more. Even if you’re not a golf enthusiast, I think you’ll understand what I mean.
FACT #1 – No matter how well I hit the ball, I could have done better.
Unless I hit a hole in one, every ball could have gone a little farther or a little straighter. So, after each shot I have a choice – to be disappointed, or to focus forward on my next opportunity. Each hit gives me new terrain, new distance and new challenge. Even if I completely missed the ball, I can adjust my stance, direction, and grip. I can stop criticizing myself and focus forward on new possibilities.
FACT #2 – Most of the time, it isn’t about the ball.
In a typical 18-hole round of golf, a player spends less than fifteen minutes actually striking the golf ball. Now consider that a round of golf takes about four hours. That leaves more than three and a half hours to savor the sunshine, enjoy the company of my golf partners, and pay attention to some of the most gorgeous views in the country. I don’t want to miss out on enjoying the greater part of my round.
FACT #3 – The responsibility for making golf fun is all mine.
Some days my golf shots have loft, accuracy, distance and I’m golden! However, to be perfectly honest with you, some days that little ball seems to have a mind of its own. On those days even The Joy Lady and Miss Positivity get frustrated. So, I pick up my ball and enjoy the walk. The fact is that I paid for this entertainment and I can take responsibility for making it fun for myself.
So, here are the life lessons I’ve learned from golf:
- I can stop criticizing myself and look forward to the next opportunity.
- I can appreciate and celebrate what’s right in front of me.
- I can take responsibility for my own fun.
Which one of those three lessons will help you get to a better place in your life today? Send me an email or let me know when we meet at the tee box!