I play golf.
I should probably say that golf plays me.
One of the things I have learned is that when you lose focus, you lose everything on the course. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to remain mentally focused all the way through a swing. It sounds so easy, but can be so hard to do. That is one of the things that sets the pros apart. They have trained themselves to be able to focus through every shot and keep that focus through the entire round. You can always spot when that focus is fading. The shots get more erratic, the golfer gets frustrated, and the score suffers.
Another thing I have learned is the importance of resilience. Bad shots will happen (for some of us they happen a lot). When they do, it is important to adjust, get over it, and reset for the next shot. Amateurs and hackers struggle with this greatly. Some pros do too. The pros who do, either don’t last long on tour, or aren’t well known. That bounce back ability is so key for a golfer. This past weekend 17 year old Beau Hossler made headlines and captured the attention of a lot of people. This is a quality he exhibited greatly on Saturday. He would make a bogey and the next hole he would birdie. He did this multiple times. He bounced back well.
Whatever we are doing in life will take focus and resilience in order to be successful. We have to focus on the task at hand and stay with it all the way through to the end. It’s not easy. It takes effort and energy. It also sets those apart who do. And, we have to learn how to bounce back quickly. Setbacks will happen. We will have adverse moments. We won’t always “get the bounce”. How we recover is vital. In fact, it might be the setback itself that sets us up for success, but only if we have the resilience to bounce back and and take the next shot.