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Slow is the Spice of Life

He Was Actually On The Golf Course

Whew. What a busy week I just had. I played a lot of golf and got some practice in. One day stood out more than the others. It was a gorgeous day at Orange County National and the course, Crooked Cat, was in incredible shape. I didn't play particularly good but it was the time spent afterwards with Swingtime CEO Alan Duval that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I can be very impatient sometimes when things don't go my way, especially when I want to see results right away. I brought it up with Alan and that was when he launched into the lesson of slowing things down and moving forward one step at a time.

We live in a fast-paced world that is always demanding results every day and sometimes we are in such a hurry to make things happen that we miss out on little details that come back to haunt us. We want things to happen so bad that we take shortcuts and more often than not, things don't work out the way we want them to.

This is why it is important to have a plan and to slowly but surely inch your way towards the success and completion of the plan. Do things one step at a time to ensure that you are doing everything right and making consistent progress.

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall

I do not have to look any further than the tortoise as the perfect example how things can get done one step at a time. It is neither big nor fast. Every day, every minute, every second, it is in no hurry to get someplace. It moves one step at a time. It can be 200 yards away from the water and it will take a while to get there but SLOWLY AND SURELY, it will eventually get there. This applies to golf and life as well. In golf, the game is to be played one shot at a time. Don't be so quick to make a decision and never let emotion play a part in how you approach a shot. Make a clear and definite decision as to what you want to do with the shot at THE PRESENT MOMENT. Do this on every shot all the way until the last putt drops. In life, when you have a goal you want to accomplish for yourself, you get there one step at a time. Don't try to do everything at once.

I applied this to my previous round of golf and I was pretty surprised at how well I played. I gave every shot my full attention and I concentrated on playing the high percentage shot. I didn't think ahead to the future or back in the past. I played the game with patience, one shot at a time. It was probably the best round I've played so far this year. Think about the tortoise and how it is never in a hurry and lives life one step at a time. Slow everything down, concentrate on improving things one at a time and you will eventually get there.

One Step At A Time

Kevin Hall

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