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.




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Connolly

LISA'S STORY - ROUND WINNER, AVERAGE WINNER, RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION
LISA'S STORY - ROUND WINNER, AVERAGE WINNER, RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION

February 24, 2024

Lisa’s round and average win that night moved her year-end winnings to 2ndplace. Tears overflowed as she began to process what had happened in the space of only a few minutes. Although her world revolves around time measured in hundredths of seconds, this was colossal. She was Go-Round winner, Average winner, and Reserve World Champion.

Continue Reading

Dave Wagner - 2023 Legend Inductee - Montana Pro Rodeo Hall & Wall of Fame
Dave Wagner - 2023 Legend Inductee - Montana Pro Rodeo Hall & Wall of Fame

October 09, 2023

From the age of 8, PRCA Gold Card holder, Dave Wagner began accumulating buckles and saddles competing in timed-event and rough stock anywhere he could find to enter. He didn’t care what event it was. He just liked to win. Junior and Youth rodeos blended into High School rodeos, then College rodeos, and onto Open and Amateur rodeos. In 1975, at age 24, Dave got his Pro card, deciding to focus on bull riding. That decision produced 5 Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Championships -1976, 77, 78, 79, a...

Continue Reading

Legends and Legacy – The Blue Angels
Legends and Legacy – The Blue Angels

August 12, 2023

Aaron Flint, host of Montana Talks, could only think of two words to describe his flight over Billings, Montana with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels on Aug 9, 2023, as “unbelievably incredible.” Bo Wagner, owner of Connolly Saddlery was honored when Yellowstone International Air Show producer stopped by the store to ask if he could provide 72 cowboy hats for the pilots. It was a feat in and of itself to have all the sizes in stock, but Bo loaded his horse trailer full of hats and delivered them t...

Continue Reading