I was standing on the tee overlooking a long straight fairway. I lined up the shot, swung my club back and sliced into the side of the ball with all my might. I watched in disbelief as the ball shot straight up in the air and landed about 20 feet in front of me! What had I done wrong?
This was one of my first attempts at learning to play golf. My father-in-law had invited me to his work tournament and I was intent on trying to impress him. I was failing miserably. My pride finally gave way to humiliation and I approached my father-in-law for advice. “Its all in the follow-through” he said. My problem was that during the swing I was stopping the club short and not connecting with full force on the ball. I had to learn to swing through the ball and allow my club to continue in its arc to completion.
Ever tried to cut firewood with an ax? How many times has it gotten stuck part-way through the piece of wood? In order to successfully cut fire wood you have to cut through the wood into the stump below. One of the biggest obstacles you will face in accomplishing your goals is in the follow-through.
As a Life Coach, I can sit down with someone, help them identify their goals, create a plan of action and troubleshoot the obstacles. What I can’t do is force them to follow-through on the plan we have created. You may have great intentions, but without the follow-through they will not come to fruition. Part of what Iron Sharpening Iron does is to help provide motivation and accountability in order to encourage the follow-through. knowing that someone will ask you on a regular basis how things are progressing and challenge you when you have stalled can give you the boost needed to follow-through.
Back to the tee, once I mastered the follow-through I was amazed at how far I could hit the ball. Unfortunately, there are many others aspects of the game of golf I have yet to learn…such as keeping the ball out of the rough! For me, golf is a nice stroll through the woods!