In the workplace and at home, we often worry about how things are going to turn out. Playing golf I’m often reminded of how difficult it is, despite expert planning and execution, to consistently control outcomes. For example, on hole #10, I hit a beautiful drive. On #11, I perform the same ritual, but the results are not as expected. Instead of feeling disappointed, I take a breath, move to where my ball landed and figure out what to do next. The more I relax and accept what is, the better able I am to adjust and adapt as I go, always working to make the next shot a really good one.
Golf is like life; it’s all an experiment. You do all you can to consistently produce the desired results, but ultimately, you have to accept the immediate outcome, think through your next move, prepare and execute well and keep moving toward your goal.