It takes courage to play golf—courage to overcome first-tee jitters; courage to tee it up in a golf tournament, and, yes, even courage to join a new golf club. Gathering our courageous self in golf’s crucial moments can be almost next to impossible. Why is it that we never really work on bringing courage to our golf game?
That’s what I thought when I picked up Debbie Ford’s new book, simply titled, Courage. In it she helps you take inventory of the things that hold you back, giving you what you need to stand armed and ready for anything life, including the intimidating game of golf, might throw your way. Ford, who is the national bestselling author of Dark Side of the Light Chasers and is known for having led tens of thousands of people along a transformational personal journey to honor their past (those good rounds and bad rounds), forgive their flaws and shortcomings (those missed putts and fairways), and make peace with who they are (a weekend duffer), could unwittingly here help the everyday golfer too.
In this practical, step-by-step manual, you will find how to live with boundless courage and confidence. … And wouldn’t that be nice to have next time you step up to the first tee? Ford contends that by discovering what’s holding you back, you can become stronger and more in align with your true being. Guiding you out of your head and into your heart, she presents life-changing codes and accompanying activities and exercises for:
Connecting to your intuition.
Letting go of the tired beliefs, habits, judgments, projections, and excuses that undermine you (i.e., that little doubting voice inside your head that pops up right in the middle of your back swing).
Committing to an inspired vision that demands the best “you” possible.
As you tap into the profound confidence of your courageous self, you will begin to face your unpredictable future … and your next golf round… with tremendous hope, optimism, and passion.
This article first appeared in the March 2012 edition of GottaGoGolf Magazine.