Get results by focusing on what you really can control

I wrote this column for the recent issue of Canadian Junior Golf Association magazine, and added a few new bits. I believe that focusing on process rather than results can pay dividends in most everything we do. During a recent phone call with a 16-year-old client, he said gravely, “Coach, can I ask you something?” He was bummed out about the qualifying event that he had played that day. He teed off focusing on a low number. But his front … [Read more...]

Bernier deals with big questions by focusing on little things

Reporters hate doing it: the game-after-game shuffle to the locker of the player in the throes of a spiralling slump. Although the tragic figure never has much to say other than he’s working hard and hoping things work out, the working stiffs want to know what he’s going through, especially when the fallen soul makes a few million a year playing a game. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has been the victim much of this season, having … [Read more...]

Jason Day’s story and credo: Never Say Die

I would have posted something about Jordan Spieth today if I could found a piece as powerful as this video about Jason Day. (I'll discuss Spieth and his amazing breakthrough season another day.) This video is compelling and bittersweet, and tells Day's story of transformation from a hard-luck kid to a major champion. I would encourage anyone who wants to pursue a greater purpose in his or her life to watch this over and over to fully absorb … [Read more...]

Even Jason Day worries about blowing it

All golfers worry about screwing up. Our minds just go there. It even happened to Jason Day on the final hole Sunday in the PGA Championship. The difference between major champions such as Day and most other golfers is that they know how to deal with those harrowing thoughts. Day has struggled with them in the past; on Sunday he didn't. Check out Day's thoughts Sunday on the 18th hole where he had a three-shot lead over Jordan … [Read more...]