I was in Tennessee with a golfer at the PGA tour event. On wednesday afternoon, We were all standing around the chipping green while I was talking with my players’ caddy.
From literally nowhere, this guy, drove a gator tractor over my foot with the front tire and then just stopped with the back tires now on my foot!!
I yelled at the guy to “KEEP GOING” because he just had a blank stare on his face. He looked like he couldn’t believe he just did that. I couldn’t believe it was happening.
Time does stand still for the precious seconds that a gator tractor is on top of your foot while you try to lift it up.
The entire process took less than 10 seconds, although it felt like minutes.
He pulled forward and I didn’t have shooting pain down my foot, so I knew it wasn’t broken.
Even though I didn’t do anything wrong, I was still a bit embarrassed.
I said “Man, I hope you don’t drive like this is real life.”
After the commotion was over and people asking if I was okay and such, The guy walked back over to me and apologized.
I apologized as well!
I know he didn’t do it on purpose!
I said “I hope I didn’t say anything derogatory to you, I was just upset.” I also said, “If this is the worst thing we ever have, we will be okay.” He laughed.
He made a mistake and was embarrassed as well. I could have blown him off or yelled at him some more, but what would that have accomplished? It would have made the issue way worse!
I wanted to use this situation as a quick lesson on how I want to conduct myself and stay calm. If I lost my cool, maybe I would have been viewed as an idiot.
How can we make our mess, our message? Mental Toughness is doing the next right thing and apologizing is a big part.
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out the most recent book on Mental Toughness- Don’t Should on Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness