• Nigel

Life Lessons From the Game of Golf #1 The Rough

Updated: Apr 19, 2018

"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies." Bobby Jones

For most people, when you think about a golf course, the images that come to mind are those of rolling, undulating fairways, oddly but interestingly shaped bunkers and smooth carpet-looking greens. Very seldom do you think about the dreaded rough. But as every amateur golfer will tell you, much of the game of golf is played in the rough.

In many ways the same could be said about the ‘game of life.’ Often times we have in mind this idea or expectation that as long as we do our part, things are going to go well, but experience tells us that is not the case. Regardless of how well you plan and perform, there will always be something that you will need to face or deal with that is far from ideal - just like playing a shot out of the rough even though you thought you’d hit the ball perfectly.

Landing in the rough is a normal part of the game of golf and likewise, problems and challenges are a natural part of life. The best way to deal with them, both in the game of golf and in life, is not to hope that you never encounter them or to spend your time and energy trying to avoid them. Rather, as any experienced golfer will tell you, the key is to PREPARE and learn how to deal with them so that when they come, and they will come, you are able to face and overcome them, and accomplish your goals.

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