It’s amazing what happens when you can break things down in a simple way.
Over the years, I’ve had my bouts with being too competitive in sports, despite knowing I was usually over-matched.
Years ago, I was a semi-competitive ball golfer. It’s not that I was great by any means. But within the divisions in which I competed, I could do decently well. On my home course, I never shot anything better than eight-over-par, and that only happened a few times. Often enough, I was more in the range of plus-12 to plus-20, on average. Sometimes better, sometimes much worse.
That’s not a rarity.
Up until the past few years, I took sports way too seriously. I over-thought things. And, to be fair, I’m not the greatest athlete. That doesn’t take away the feeling that I should do better than I do.
And, I won’t lie, it’s irritating to watch others do well when I think I should be doing much better.
A few years back, I hit a wall, realizing I took things too seriously. I needed to do something to calm it down a bit. You know, the approach of taking a deep breath and looking at the big picture.