Tee it Up for Change October 4, 2009Posted by integrityintegrated in Uncategorized.
Tags: leadership, leadership development
“Okay, I’m just going to get this over with.” And then she stepped up the tee for the first time in her life…and hit a perfect shot in the middle of the fairway.
A couple weeks ago I organized a Tuesday golf outing for women; no special occasion or fund raiser but simply a late season outing for golfers of all levels to get together and have some fun. We ended up with two teams of women and had decided ahead of time to play preferred ball. My team included two women who BRAVELY decided to come out and play, even though one of them had never touched a club before, and the other hadn’t golfed for about 20 years.
And so it was that we began the first hole. Darcie had borrowed clubs from a friend, and had that look of “what did I get myself into” on her face. I suggested that she start with her seven iron just to get the feel of things. She agreed, stepped up to the tee and said, “Okay, let’s just get this over with.” And then she took one swing and hit a perfect shot, right in the middle of the fairway.
We of course gave her a hard time, “Are you serious that you have never golfed before in your life??” She assured us she hadn’t but it was clear she had some natural athletic ability that kicked into gear. And after the initial shock, she had a big smile on her face.
The rest of the afternoon was pure joy. Both the non-golfers had some great shots and by the end of the day, Darcie was saying she had no idea she could enjoy the game of golf so much. I can honestly say that the biggest joy I had that day was watching both of them have some great shots, and begin to enjoy the game more so than I think either of them imagined.
My activating vision is to be an internationally respected leadership teacher whose work ignites people to explore new possibilities in their lives. A leader’s work is change, and we can’t create change if we aren’t willing to step out of our comfort zone and try things we never imagined possible.
Where are you willing to face adversity and create positive change in your life?
“The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” Randy Pausch.
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