Appreciate the Journey
Jobs, relationships, weather, traffic. What do all of these have in common? Unexpected twists and turns. The game of golf is very similar. Those that succeed in their jobs or have strong relationships are able to adjust to change. When a road is blocked, they don’t stop and turn around, they figure out a way to get back on track. Is this always easy? No, it takes perseverance and trust in the process.
As we know, golf is not a straight line to improvement. There are no straight lines, nobody to blame but yourself, varying challenges, and constant variability. No two rounds are the same. What is important is how you react to the challenges you face and constant variability. You will have highs and lows. You will experience moments of brilliance and moments of despair. You will have feelings of hopelessness and you will feel auspicious. It is all part of the journey.
When you hear the word journey, what words come to mind? I think of the following: grit, bravery, perseverance, failure, success, highs, lows, recovery, reflection, phases, life, lulls, peaks, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’. Golf is unique because you can experience of all these in a single round. It’s in our nature to expect or want to see immediate success. The fact of the matter is, this rarely occurs. Similar to life, their are days where it seems nothing is going your way.
In our Junior Academy, students are currently in the middle of their own journey on the golf course. Each student has the common goal of working towards shooting par (36) or better for 9 holes from their full tee-box based on age. They must pass 5 divisions (yardages) to get to this point. After several years of tracking and mapping out scores, we found that although a student may be improving, they will always experience periods of failure and lulls. Their are so many outside factors that in play in a round of golf. The only one you can manage is your mindset.
Below is a graphic of part of a student’s journey while playing from Division 3, 100 yards in our Operation 36 matches. In the academy, students play in 8 matches per semester (4 months). This particular student played his first round from Division 3, 100 yards on 4/29/2016 where he shot a 40. Pretty solid! It was something new and fresh. Twenty matches and 395 days later he passed Division 3, 100 yards by shooting a 35. What you will notice in the graphic is the score variance. There are no balanced or straight lines. He experienced moments of greatness and moments of inadequacy. It is a process. It is a journey, appreciate it.
When others before him quit, Chase persevered. 20 times he came to the course in hopes of succeeding and did not. He continued to work hard in Academy Class, worked on his objectives outside of class and practiced hard. More importantly, he did not give up! Sometimes you just need to keep trying. Congratulations Chase! We are very proud of your determination!