Parallels in Life, Golf and Rodeo

May 25, 2022

Parallels in Life, Golf and Rodeo

Each new day is an opportunity to move your life forward, toward your goals. In golf the goal is clear – get the ball in the hole. In rodeo the fastest time or highest score wins. In life we spend a good amount of time developing our vision and defining, and then revisiting our goals. Once we have our goals in sight, life becomes an effort of refining our tools and capabilities in such a way that helps us move more effectively towards those aims.

There are many parallels in life, golf and rodeo. Similarities stand out and probably explains why so many cowboys’ golf!

  1. Both are games that lend themselves to life lessons.
  2. Both can be frustrating and exhilarating at the same time.
  3. Get off to a good start, whether it’s your drive off the tee box or your nod out of the box.
  4. Finish strong – put well, make a good time or high score.
  5. Individual effort determines how far you go.
  6. Dealing with a ‘bad situation’ can either make or break your confidence.
  7. No matter what happens, you’ve got to keep playing and moving forward.
  8. Dedicated practice improves the quality of your game.
  9. Once in a while, even when there is risk at hand, you’ve got to take a shot at making something special happen.
  10. Both are games of calculated risk based on circumstances, opportunity, and self-knowledge.
  11. Both are games of patience, taking every element into consideration making you feel in control, until you are not!
  12. Both are worth playing and life is worth living.

Take aim like an archer, when the string is pulled back, tension is what drives the arrow to its target. Use the tension generated from playing the game to reach your goals, highest potential, and greatest capabilities.

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