THE MONTHLY ADVANCE
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This lesson resonates off the golf course, as well. People worry too much about results and not enough about process. You can’t control the outcome of every event in your life. Instead of dwelling on the results, you should focus on perfecting the process. When something doesn’t go your way, you need to say, “So be it.”When patients come to Advance Physical Therapy for the first time, I always coach them to stop worrying about what brought them here. Putting their energy into making progress is much more productive than dwelling on the past. I’m not saying adopting an attitude of “so be it” in the face of adversity is easy. I struggle with results-based thinking myself. After my recent car accident, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I could’ve done differently, even though the fault was totally with the over driver. Eventually, though, I managed to say “so be it” and start living the solution. We can’t all be professional golfers, but we can all take a lesson from the way they push through the tough moments. When I watch the Masters this year, that’s what I’ll be watching for. Well, that, and some insane shot-making. “When patients come to Advance Physical Therapy for the first time, I always coach them to stop worrying about what brought them here. Putting their energy into making progress is much more productive than dwelling on the past.”
THE ‘SO BE IT’ ATTITUDE WHAT THE MASTERS TAUGHT ME ABOUT PERSEVERANCE
fortitude required. After all, these guys are all world-class athletes. Often, what decides a tournament isn’t the space between players’ drive distances, but the space between their ears. Those who can persevere through the bad shots and mistakes — in golf, there are always mistakes — are the ones who end up top of leaderboard come Sunday. Amen Corner, perhaps more than any other set of holes, puts that mental toughness to the test. easy to pin down with a thesaurus. But one way it has been used over the years is to mean something akin to “so be it.” I find this definition fitting, because an attitude of “so be it” is exactly what you need to make it through Amen Corner. If you hit a bad shot and can’t get past it, you’ll spiral out of control and throw away your round. If you’re willing to say “so be it” and move on, you’ll find the hurdles are much easier to overcome. There’s no direct translation into modern English for “amen.” Its meaning isn’t something that’s
For me, the first week of April is synonymous with the Masters Tournament. It’s a sign that spring is here, and without question, my favorite golf tournament of the year. Watching the Masters is the perfect mix of enjoying the history of Augusta National and the current crop of PGA stars. The most famous stretch of Augusta National is known as Amen Corner. Technically, Amen Corner consists of the second at the 11th hole through the tee shot of the 13th. To any golf fan, these are iconic for their picturesque beauty and grueling difficulty. Amen Corner is one of the sternest stretches of golf on the planet, testing players’ skills, wits, and nerves. When it goes well, as it did for Fred Couples in 1992, it is thrilling. When it doesn’t, it can be cringe-inducing — just ask Jordan Spieth, whose quadruple-bogey on 12 cost him the Green Jacket in 2016. Whether you’re watching a masterpiece or a train wreck, you’re guaranteed there will be drama.
In addition to the technical mastery of PGA pros, I enjoy watching golf because of the mental
Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Advance: To move forward; to make progress; to move ahead.
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