Finally Its Complete – My Goal is Accomplished

After 365 days of continuous writing, I have reach my goal. Yup, the day after I left the hospital last year (September 6th) I decided to embark on a personal challenge of writing an article on The Grateful Golfer for one year without missing a day. And today is the day my goal is complete!

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Building on Past Successes in a Short Golf Season

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Golf is not a stagnate game. It is impossible to do nothing and expect to improve. It requires constant effort to sustain and hone our skills. Granted, the type of effort and level of dedication varies from player to player. Critical to building on past successes is to have a clear vision of what we can reasonably (and sometimes unreasonably) achieve over particular playing season.

Where I live, our golf season is approximately 7 months long. Starting in mid-April, it lasts until 31 Oct. Depending on the actual temperature that end date can shift in either direction by 2 weeks. So my playing season is 5 months shorter than some of you reading this article. This significant time reduction forces me (and others in similar situation) to approach our expectations differently than the year around player. Continue reading

2016 – My Golf Year

The Grateful Golfer – 2016 Year in Review is not as positive as I had hoped. I looked back at my early articles and found that I did not set any hard goals to achieve. After a bit of introspection, I remember thinking that 2016 was a transition year in my life. So, I consciously decided not to add any additional pressure to my life and to enjoy my golfing year.

As in past years, I have one main golf of being a scratch golfer in mind! That has never changed and won’t for the foreseeable future. As I continue to work on my game, my intent is to change only those things that add benefit for reaching my main goal.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

As I walked in beautiful surroundings of our favorite path today with my best friend, the feeling of gratitude flowed through my body. As we strolled in the falling leaves breathing the crisp fall air, we both felt at peace. It is during days like this, I take the opportunity to get lost in my thoughts.

During this particular walk, I was counting my blessings and came across this little fella!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

As my wife and I watched him slowly make his way across the path, I was amazed by his unwavering focus and desire to move forward. It took little steps and just kept moving. Each step, he moved closer to his goal or destination. Although, I believe the journey is as important as the destination, this little guy seemed focused on his end goal.

As I thought about my little friend, I thought of my 2015 golf season. I realized that my journey towards scratch is becoming more and more difficult. The reason for my increased difficulty falls in my willingness to make changes, practice difficult shots, and to for my ego to accept short-term poor scores! These and many more challenges face players with a single digit handicap!

I am not sure what the 2016 golf season will bring, but thanks to my new friend I will keep moving towards my goal. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, but keeping our eyes on the prize will help us achieve anything!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Going for Scratch

Well my first steps towards being a scratch golfer have been very successful.  While I am still working out the details as to my fitness schedule, I have hit the gym three times in two days and oh yeah I am very sore.  This is typical when starting a new fitness program and I am not concerned that I am having a hard time getting out of a chair.

Regardless, through the years I have realized there is always one thing that is truly important to the success of reaching a goal.  Some will say organization, others support, and still others a solid plan.  Although these things are important, they are not the most important aspects to my success.

For me it is accountability.  I create an excel spread sheet, write down each activity accomplished and continually adjust my plan to keep improving.  Also, I talk about my goals with my wife and friends.  Lastly, I measure my fitness success by recording my slow increase in the amount of weights lifted.

This year, I am adding something new.  I am going to keep a running total on my successes and how I carry out my goals.  This new step will provide that extra incentive required to be successful.

This year is going to be a great journey.  I am looking forward to all the challenges and enjoyment of reaching my goals.  As my trek to being a better golfer unfolds, do not hesitate to offer suggestions and hints to help me along the way.

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!