And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings-Meister Eckhart
My mother tells me this all the time, “When you’re tired, just go to bed.” It was her solution for everything and I rolled my eyes at that statement every single time.
“Whatever Mom, do you think these math equations are going to do themselves?”
“Yeah Mom, I can’t go to sleep. I need to stay up and work.”
“Mom, I can’t leave the range, I gotta work through this mental block. Got any more golf tips for me?
Turns out my mother is a wise woman, because only did I recently understand how true that statement rang. Actually to be honest, about ten minutes ago.
I’ve always believed in the power of momentum, which by definition is:
the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity
And for the longest time, my mother’s philosophy went against the grain of mine (haha pun intended). I believed that the key to getting something done is to push, push past the sleepiness, push past the mental block and push past any hardship. But man, I’ll be the first one to admit: what a primitive and ignorant mentality.
Let’s pretend every single goal is a race on a physical path to get there with a prize of unlimited golf for the rest of your life. There is a straight path to get there, which by proximity is the quickest way. However, on this straight path are tremendous barriers, such as brick walls, Mountain Everest and the Amazon River with pruanas. However, when you look beyond the intended path, you can see that there is an endless amount of forest that men have not ventured in yet. There is no manmade path or no footprints in sight.
- Continue down the already man-paved path and attempt to break through the brick wall, climb the tallest mountain in the world and then cross the rivers with man-eating fish
- Venture off the path and find another way to get your unlimited golf for life
Remember, the clock is ticking.
That is basically what I’ve been doing my whole life, attempting to break through the brick wall with my head, climb Mount Everest and risk getting eaten alive by Praunas because I was unwilling to “waste” time to venture off the path. I was unwilling to sleep when I was tired, unwilling to take a rest when I was hitting a mental block, unwilling to be anything less than 100% of my effort.
I’ve experienced this in many ways, even when it comes to writing for you so I come with personal experience. Many nights I’ll stay up till 1am staring at the same 10 words over and over, head butting the brick wall over and over. I’ll some coffee and try to hurl some rocks at the wall.
Defeated, I put my computer away for the night and venture off the path. When I wake up, my creativity lenses are on and I’ve somehow found my way back to the path in a much quicker time than if I had continued hurling rocks at the wall back there. Man, if only I had just conserved my energy and ventured off the path sooner.
Want to lower your golf handicap? If you’re that golfer who progressively gets worse at the range the more you practice, leave for the night and come back the next day. Your golf handicap will thank you. Don’t keep trying to break through that brick wall with your head, because all you’ll be left with is a bruised head and ego.