It is funny how certain things pop up again and again. The idea of improving my golf game is never far from my thoughts. It is a journey I like to travel and most of the time it can be applied to my regular life. The following words of wisdom fits into these categories and something I believe is important to personal growth.
“People visit a wise man complaining about the same problems over and over again. One day, he decided to tell them a joke and they all roared with laughter.
After a few minutes, he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled.Author Unknown
Then he told the same joke for the third time, but no one laughed or smiled anymore.
The wise man smiled and said: ‘You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why are you always crying about the same problem?’”
This above story is something I have based my golf (and life) journey on. I used to complain all the time about one aspect or another of my game, but one day (about 25 years ago) I had an epiphany that golf will never be fun and I will never get better if I do not change the way I think and approach the game.
I constantly talk about making changes and some are repeated because I have not solved the challenge. But, I hope you never see me complaining over and over again about the same issue. If it is important enough to mention, then it is important enough to make a change.
Over the years I have listen to many golfers complain about their game. Unfortunately many of these players were not willing to make any changes. I believe that it is important to listen to these complaints once or twice, but after that it is a waste of time. If they are not willing to do something about it, then why is it important for me to hear the same complaint; generally, I try to change the subject when they start to get wound up.
Today’s article is not a rant (although it seems to look like one), but a discussion on making changes to our golf game if there is an issue. Sometimes the change required is mental. Acceptance of the situation is a solution to some challenges; especially the ones we have no control over. This particular step may not improve your game, but it will sure help reduce your frustration on the links.
I believe in changing if I have a reoccurring problem. I enjoy the journey of learning and evolving on and off the course. Complaining does help reduce the immediate frustration, but over the long haul only compounds the stress. I personally do not like hearing the same complaint over and over again, so I figure I should not do it either.
Can you think of a situation where you or a friend constantly complain about your golf game? Are you willing to do something about it?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!