I have many things on the walls of my office, notes to myself, pictures, schedules, to do lists and some inspirational sayings. I wanted to share one of the favorite documents I have, it is a collection of thoughts actually about the game of golf, but it is very appropriate to the game of life as well.
Here are “Gary’s Perils”:
Improvement requires taking a long term approach to the game. Anyone who tells you that there’s a quick fix is selling you a bill of goods.
Nobody can ever perfect golf. The best golfers in history have gone through stretches when they didn’t hit a single solid shot. Champions keep grinding, and fight through those times.
Enjoy the game when you play well, because it’s not going to last forever.
There is no secret to golf and no single source for everything you need to know.
Listen to everybody, but don’t believe everything you hear.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Great players were not always great. Most of them remember what it was like to struggle, and many of them are happy to help someone who is genuinely trying to get better.
Anything can happen in golf. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day. If that weren’t the case there’d be no reason to play.
If you are playing good, just be patient: it won’t be long before you can’t hit it in a forty acre field. And, if you are playing bad, keep working, you are not far from playing good again.
Ego is fine as long as you understand where you rank in the history of the game. Ego mixed with ignorance is poison.
If the answer seems simple, that’s probably because it is.
Showing your temper is like showing your underwear, everyone will look but no one really wants to see it.
Have a great weekend everybody.