There are no guarantees in life. All we have are opportunities.
Vince Frank at the Cru Golf outing at Stonewall Orchards took advantage of his opportunity. The par-3 9th hole, held the hole-in one contest for $10,000. However, one had to pay $10 to be eligible. He was the only one in his group to donate the money, because he said “it was for a good cause.”
Vince being the seventy year old golfer did not even see the ball roll in the hole on the 168 yard shot, but his partners sure did and they let him hear it. The odds of Vince making the hole in one were not very good, but we all can learn from this event.
We should focus on what’s possible, not what’s probable. If we pay attention to the probability, it can severely dampen the number of opportunities we take. In many ways, we regret what we DO NOT DO, rather than doing something and it not turning out the way we want. If we at least do something, then we are giving ourselves a shot. Go ahead, pay the $10.
Imagine for a second that Vince DID NOT pay his $10. He would have had a more difficult time moving on from NOT winning, than making his hole in one.
Lastly, he even gave a bit of credit to me because he said my talk at the beginning of the event made him NOT think about the shot, even if it was the only one he did it for all day…Maybe I should send him an invoice? Nah, that’s why they brought me to speak…
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