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Life is difficult

This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult–once we truly understand and accept it–then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

M. Scott Peck from The Road Less Traveled

When things go wrong in your golf game is when you can really sense how your mindset is. It is easy to be trusting, relaxed and confident when you are swinging, playing and scoring well. What happens to you if you find yourself in the position of not swinging well and playing and scoring badly? Where do you begin to stop the rot? How do you get it back? Where did it go? Only the other day it was fine. Now I can’t find it anywhere. What is it anyway?

First things first. Stop. Stop looking for answers, Stop looking for reasons. Stop worrying. Stop panicking. Your game will return when you find your equanimity. That is, a calm and balanced mind, neither frightened that your game will not return nor desperate for it to return. You must surrender. It will return when you stop craving for it to return, usually when you are not expecting it. It is a paradox but the more you want it the more you push it away.

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