It's a game played with a stick, a ball, and a hole in the ground. Where it began, no one really knows. Yet, there is no other game as varied and complex that is exalted one moment and painful the next as golf. A game where a little white ball sitting on the ground can paralyze the most powerful and successful among us. A game where you go from immense highs to staggering lows trying to beat a competitor that doesn't exist. It's you against you. A game played on fields of beauty touched by the hand of God. It is an obsession that can begin at any age and last for a lifetime. A game that will reveal true character and blow a well-protected fraudulent self-image sky high.
Now, a question that no one can put a price tag on. "Is A Champion in life Born or Made?" What is it inside of Jack Nicklaus that caused him to not only make a crucial putt, but the ball first stops on the lip of the cup? Then almost on command, it turns ever so slowly so the camera can read the name on it, allowing the crowd just the perfect timing to build into a dramatic deafening roar before the ball curls into the cup. In sport, these guys are said to have "I.T." For our purposes, I.T. stands for Intercessory Triumph.
However, be it in life, business, or sport, NOTHING brings down a champion faster than a life that has become unmanageable. In my opinion, there is no better example in sports than Jack Nicklaus, and having an exemplary wife didn't hurt. Jack had two role models shaping his career, his father and Bobby Jones. Balance is critical in the golf swing, and it is vital for success in everyday life also. Based on my memory, I don't recall Jack ever being in a battle with his game, and I followed his career very closely. Jack lived a balanced life in the following order.
If you've seen the movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance," one of his memorable sayings was, "Yes Sir, Rhythm of the Game – Like the Rhythm of Life." Countless times, we have tested this and when life is rigorously played straight down the middle, ("through the narrow gate"), you fall into a rhythm, and miracles begin to happen. How do you start this rhythm? By developing an incurable and unshakable attitude of gratitude.
Perhaps you're one of those or know someone who had a God-given ability and today is known as that person who threw it all away or, as some may say, "just plain blew it." As the developer of this coaching and training system and after nearly three decades of research, trials, and clinical studies. I'm one of those "who just plain blew it." Today I can tell you, after years of trying to "Find My Game," no one just plain blows it. Something holds us back. We refer to that "Something" as our "Key Log." In my case, somewhere along the line, I made an unconsciously competent decision that I wanted nothing to do with succeeding in a sport where I had been given a gift. Instead, I moved to the business world, where I tried to be someone I wasn't and failed disastrously. As things were declining, I was drinking heavily.
At rock bottom, I entered Alcoholics Anonymous, in 1991 where I discovered it wasn't a program about alcohol – but life. Along the way, I was given an audio cassette program on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and their biblical roots where the narrator said, "Think of the steps as a set of golf clubs, you survey a situation in life, select a step and play it as it lies with no whining." I got psyched and thought, "Man can I get some yardage out of this."
Did you see the movie City Slickers? When asked about life, remember what Curley did. He would hold up one finger but say nothing. Finally, he said, "It's all about 1-Thing, and you'll know it when you find it." Thanks to the AA program, I heard other people share wisdom, unlike anything I had ever heard. As a result, I discovered my Keylog - my 1-Thing, and God began doing what I had been trying to do on my own for nearly 40 years.
M. Scott Peck, Author of the best-selling [The Road Less Traveled,] referred to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and the creation of the Twelve Steps. A.A. as "The greatest event of the Twentieth Century." In his later years, management consulting guru Peter Drucker was said to have made the statement, "The Twelve Steps were the ideal management consulting and personal coaching platform for success in life,"
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