I don’t follow golf but I happened to catch the story of the newest title holder of the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship. It wasn’t a perfect hole in one that was the winning shot, it was the way rookie player, Keegan Bradley turned around a drive that went soooo wrong.
Instead of landing on the green, his ball somehow ended way off course course in the middle of a group of food carts. In that moment, Bradley had a choice to make. He could panic and let the pressure get to him, clouding his focus and possibly even affecting his swing.
Instead, Bradley took it step by step and worked with his team to get through the challenge. They used their knowledge to determine the carts were “moveable obstacles” and enrolled the food cart operators to wheel them out of the way. He then made a near impossible, slightly wild looking hook shot to get back into the game. The end result, the rookie won his first professional tournament.
Things don’t always go as planned. Here’s what I love about how Bradley handled the shot that went awry:
- He didn’t assume the outcome of the tournament even though by all appearances it would seem in that moment it wasn’t the shot of a champion.
- He gave his team the time and space to examine the circumstances and trouble shoot it.
- He couldn’t change the circumstance of the missed shot, but he was in control of his response.
- He stayed present and let things unfold one step at a time.
- He did not put limitations on himself, even though he was coming into the tournament with “rookie” status.
Assuming an outcome is different than using creative visualization or principles of manifestation. When you’ve aimed in one direction and life lands you in an unexpected situation, what lessons can we take from the rookie?
We can all learn something from the cool headed rookie including cancer survivors and their caregivers.
- We cannot assume the outcome.
- If it is a choice between doubt and faith, choose faith.
- Build a knowledgeable team, populated with experts, family, friends and community connections.
- Choose your responses consciously when you can instead of reacting.
- This done more easily when we stay present and give things a chance to unfold.
- Finally, do not put limitations on what is possible…we cannot know what is just around the corner.
Miracles happen. Even though Gary, my late husband, did not survive his cancer…I still believe miracles happen.