We’ve all been there, an errant tee shot leads to a bogey. And then, while thinking about the bad shot moments ago we throw another errant tee shot and climb aboard the bogey train. Blame your disc, or your form, or anything else, but at the end of the day it was your mind that let you down. One minor error can lead to an avalanche of mistakes and ruin your entire round.
Have you ever encountered this situation outside of disc golf? Perhaps, while taking a test at school, you encounter a problem that you can’t solve. Your attitude changes and you only focus on your inability to deal with one small part of the test rather than the entire test as a whole. Or maybe you’ve had a situation like this at work. Your supervisor gives some negative feedback causing you to spiral out of control with Hollywood-esque worst-case scenarios about losing your job and your house. Either way, staying in the present can ensure you focus on the things that matter, the ones right in front of you. The things that you have the most opportunity to control.
The Apostle Paul writes this in Philippians 3:
“…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
The bottom line – bad things happen – its up to you how you respond. Stay positive and keep your focus on the end goal.