Olympic Club golf course, San FranciscoOne of my favorite and most fundamental golf quotes is: “You don’t play golf to relax. You have to relax to play golf.”

You might think I’d have this in my bones by now, but yesterday despite the opportunity to play one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Bay Area—the Ocean Course at the Olympic Club—I allowed the course, the large member-guest event, and especially the cold brutal winds, to throw me off my game.

More than anything, I’m writing this post to reinforce to myself (and hopefully to say something useful to you) that I really need to keep my focus on my primary intention. At the moment, that intention is to swing stress free and with maximum enjoyment. I’m amazed how easy it is for me to fall back into my old habit of “trying harder.” I call this efforting.

A strange word, but it speaks to the essential quality that doesn’t work and gets in my way. I continually need to remind myself that when I let go and relax, the results really are better.

So I’ll accept yet another low performance (another 98 if you’re curious), high intensity learning experience. No matter how strong and cold the winds may blow, no matter how tired I am or whether I’ve just hit a good shot or not, my focus needs to come back to taking it easy and learning to actually BE “The Ambassador of Ease.” One step at a time, I will get there.

Thanks for listening.