Narrow Your Focus, Broaden Your Success; Stop Taking Blind Swings

I urge you to take no more blind swings, pick a flag for every thing you do and make sure you aim small.

You’ll never know how to get there if you don’t know where you’re going.

You’ll never know when you arrive if you don’t know where you’re going.

Once you get there, you will then have a new destination in mind.

Hitting the driving range a couple times a week has taught me a very important lesson that I don’t think I could have learned anywhere else.

Let me preface this by saying that I am an extremely amateur golfer. I lose multiple balls per round and I am the king of mulligans (if I’m paying to be out on the course I’m going to take as many shots as I please).

Now, referring back to the first statement of this article.

You’ll never know how to get there if you don’t know where you’re going.

On the driving range I find myself simply setting a ball down and hitting it. I have no certain distance in mind, and I really have no criteria for a successful hit.

This sets me up for failure.

However, when I pick out a certain distance or a certain flag, I start to find myself better able to critique and make corrections that need to be made, in order to get closer to said flag.

I am 24 years old, and often times I find myself swinging blindly in the game of life. No end game, no goal in mind.

This makes it difficult to move in the right direction. Simply swinging a golf club and hitting a ball in any random direction does not allow for self reflection, and it does not allow for progression in my golf game.

It is impossible to know how well you are moving forward and growing, if you aren’t aiming.

To me, aim is the most important part of life. At this stage in my life, I need to pick out a flag on the driving range and consistently aim for it. There will be things I do that will send my shot slicing in the opposite direction of that flag, and much like a bad golf swing, there will be ways that I will need to know how to self correct.

You’ll never know when you arrive if you don’t know where you’re going.

Second piece to picking out a flag, is that it creates a way for you to self reflect. If you have no flag or distance in mind, you’ll never be able to know what is good and what is not. If I pick out a flag that is 50 yards out and a little bit to the right of me, I have a determined set of criteria that will classify to me as a good hit.

40 yards and right on line with that flag would be a good hit.

60 yards and right on line with that flag would be a good hit.

50 yards distance but 10 yards to the right of the flag would be a good hit.

Picking a flag and aiming for it allows you to better understand what you are doing right and wrong, and ways to make sure that you can consistently deliver a good hit.

Now imagine I have no flag picked out, what constitutes a good hit?

Maybe 100 yards and straight ahead? Yes, that could possibly be considered a good hit. But in reference to what?

It is crucial to pick a certain flag, because if you aim small, you will know what you need to do differently to hit your target. Much like life.

If you don’t know what you want to do, who you want to be, where you want to be, what you want to accomplish, you will never have a way to tell if you are truly succeeding and fulfilling your potential.

Once you get there, you will have a new destination in mind.

Final takeaway from the driving range.

If I am at the driving range and I can hit the flag that is 50 yards out and a little bit to the right of me every single time, what will I do? I will pick a new flag.

I’ll pick the flag that’s 150 yards out and to the left.

Now the entire sequence starts over. I may struggle with this at first, but I will know in my head what I will consider a good hit in reference to this new flag. It all starts with me knowing what I am aiming for.

We as humans get enamored with our own success, and we become addicted to it. We seek out more, and in seeking out more success we find more failure. Triumph over our own failures is what feeds our fire. I will struggle with this 150 yard flag, but once I can consistently hit it every single time I will move on to another, just like I previously did.

I urge you to take no more blind swings, pick a flag for every thing you do and make sure you aim small.

It is okay to divide up your swings and work on multiple flags a day, but do everything with a purpose. Only take swings that help you get better and help you sooner achieve your goal of perfecting that flag.

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