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The toughest—and best—questions that you can ask yourself

One of my favourite Monty Python bits is the deadliest joke sketch—about a joke so funny that it killed whoever read or heard it.   My vote for the hardest question that you can ask yourself is this: Do I do what I say I am going to do? Most everyone hates this question. It's a beast. Asking yourself this question is more difficult than if someone else asks it. You could evade, bullshit, weave a … [Read More...]

The thrill of discovering your brilliance

As a coach, one of my greatest joys is when people discover just how capable they are.It’s often quite sudden; a eureka moment. In a flash, they see new possibilities for themselves. It’s often the start of a transformative experience.And conversely, in that moment they also see that the beliefs and stories that they have been telling themselves—perhaps for their entire lives—may not be true.At my Getting Unstuck Putting Clinic two weeks ago at … [Read More...]

Your putting stroke is fine; How to stop getting in your own way

Oh, the agony of putting. How can something so simple become so difficult? Well, it's not your stroke. It's fine. It's your non-stop, chattering, interfering mind that's the problem.  As a coach, I can never take credit for scores that my clients shoot.They hit the shots. They have done the work. I can open the door, but the clients must walk through. But it is really rewarding when I’m able to introduce clients to a new experience … [Read More...]

Life and even golf lessons from the founder of the Blue Jays

Simon Sinek, who wrote the influential book Start With Why, probably doesn't know Don McDougall, but I'll bet the author would say the founder of the Toronto Blue Jays has always had a clear sense of 'why. 'Picture: Trot Magazine/Brian Acton We broke a 100. Howard Glassman and I recorded our 100th episode of Swing Thoughts last week. It’s quite a milestone for us or any podcast.  Doing the podcast has given us an opportunity to talk … [Read More...]

Swing Thoughts podcast celebrates its 100th episode

On the 100th edition of the Swing Thoughts podcast to be released Saturday on iTunes and broadcast on TSN 1150, Humble Howard Glassman and Tim O’Connor celebrate three years of great guests, insightful chat and lots of laughs. TORONTO (JULY 11, 2019)—What started as a lunch conversation between two golf nerds obsessed with the mental challenges of golf has become the popular Swing Thoughts podcast, which will release its 100thepisode … [Read More...]

Walking Your Talk: Creating a Culture of Accountability

Originally published in Golf Business Canada,Summer 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 2. What do close-knit families, high-performing sports teams and successful organizations—including golf courses—have in common?They regard accountability as one of pillars upon which they stand.When accountability is practised with intention and mindfulness, it is a powerful and positive process. It is an aspirational force.(Click here to see a video of me extolling the … [Read More...]

Asking a potentially ‘stupid’ question is a smart thing to do

Do you find yourself in situations where you feel compelled to ask a question but don't out of fear how you'll be judged? Sometimes, the bravest and smartest thing you can do is to take the risk--and ask the question. “It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”― Mark Twain This bon mot attributed to the author of Tom Sawyer is regarded as a sage piece of wisdom, but sometimes staying silent … [Read More...]

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