Hello SOTGC community,
Here is a great post from Jenn Harris of Highheelgolfer on her process when encountering a tough shot on a course…and on tackling her “writers block.” Too bad we can’t yell “FORE!!!!!” in a meeting when we’re about to pitch a great idea…
I’ve been having a lot of trouble writing this weeks post. Its been weird but this year I’ve felt a little less sharp, maybe the west coast laid back mentality is messing with my brain, regardless Marney suggested that I should look at writing this post like I would a difficult shot in golf. So here goes.
When I come up to a difficult shot during a round, first step is to usually step back at the situation and think, “Have I ever had this shot before and if so what did I do last time?” If I haven’t seen this type of shot before I usually consult with the other people in my group, because there is a good possibly that at least one person in the group would know what to do. And if no one knows, I take a deep breath and follow my gut, close my eyes and swing hard (just kidding about the closing my eyes part.) In the end, no one ever sees the shots that make up a scorecard they only see the final number, so in the big scheme of things that shot is pretty insignificant. A round of golf is more about the relationships built and the fun we have just like this post is more about the message sent than the technical execution of the writing.
So I guess the take away from this post is that in life and in business, when we are hitting a wall we should first step away from our problem and look at it from another perspective and see if we have any history to relate it to, and if that doesn’t work consult in others who may have a few ideas. And if you still haven’t broken through the wall, just go with your gut. (If its a really important project I would probably do a little research before resorting to your gut, because if I could do it on the golf course I would but we are usually just under time restraints; because there is nothing worse than slow-play.)
So next time you are hitting a wall like I was, just try these quick steps and maybe you will have a Marney around to get your creativity flowing.
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