There’s a Birdie in Your Future

This is just too good not to share.  I receive numerous emails that have been forwarded from one person to the next.  This one has a great message that I felt I needed to pass on… 

“If you were flipping through the TV channels this weekend, you might have seen something really unique at the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

There was a senior playing and he did remarkably well. I’m not talking about Michael Allen, who is 53.

I’m talking about Beau Hossler, who is 17, a senior at Santa Margarita High School in Orange County, California.

Amidst the top golfers in the world, he not only qualified for the U.S. Open as an amateur, but also led the leader board on Friday for a few magical moments. That is, ahead of such famous golfers as Tiger Woods and Phil Michelson.

On Saturday, he shot even-par 70, followed all four of his bogeys with birdies on the next hole. I checked and learned that a bogey means one above par. A birdie means one score below par. Birdies are  preferable.

That means that Beau was able to focus when things did not go well on holes number 3, 6, 11, and 13, where he got bogies. He was apparently able to mentally put those holes behind him and charged ahead with birdies on holes 4, 7, 12, and 13.

Although the final day of the tournament, Sunday, did not go as well for Beau, his quiet demeanor, his focus, and his determination have garnered him sudden fame in the game of golf and legions of fans worldwide.

What a great lesson we can take from the amazing performance of Beau Hossler in The Open. As I teach in my seminars, “It’s not what happens. It’s how we react.”

Every round of golf, as in every day in life, offers another opportunity to do better on the next hole or the next step. “Bogeys in my past. Birdies in my future” might be a great mantra for success.

If you’ve recently had an experience that could be equated to a bogie, that is done. You cannot change it. May I suggest that you mentally step up to the next tee, see your ball going far and straight down the fairway, swing the club and strike it with everything you’ve got.  

There’s a birdie in your future.”

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