I had to wake at 6am Saturday for Nalani’s golf tournament an hour’s drive away at Rancho Palos Verdes. No rest on the weekends for us sports moms right? I’m lucky though. My soccer, softball, football and baseball moms with multiple children playing those sports have it much worse. They get the double headers, team practice schedules, etc. I have to admit, golf does make it easier being an individual sport. The only schedule we truly have to commit to are the golf tournaments. Other than that, practices can happen at any time of the day, after school and, weather and daylight permitting.
Anyway, Nalani played a very short, but difficult course today. I had high hopes that she’ll score low. But, without a range and already having to wake quite early, she didn’t have the opportunity to warm up her full swing. For you softball and baseball players out there, I’m sure you’ll understand the need to hit a few balls before you actually have to go up to bat.
Needless to say, she wasn’t playing her normal game and there was nothing I could do about it. Parents aren’t allowed to caddy or coach at most golf tournaments so my little 7 year old went from hole to hole frustrated. She kept “chunking” her ball, her swing was going to low and early causing her to catch too much dirt. She finally fixed the issue somewhere around the 6th or 7th hole allowing her to par 2 of her holes during her 9 hole round.
There are things in life that are out of our control. Be it with our children, our jobs, the economy, you name it. There is nothing we can do. As you read this and decide you want to embark into blogging and trying to build some income from home, know that when there is something out of your control, to understand how to deal with it.
All I could do Saturday was bite my tongue and give my little girl a smile of encouragement. After the tournament, Nalani immediately shared her frustration and we discussed what should be done for the future. In this case, I suggested to her, “For this week, why don’t you work with Daddy on your swing so that you can correct it and hopefully, you won’t have this problem next time.” And, she agreed. Nothing like a challenging round to remind her that she does need to be coached and does need to “listen” to her coach (AKA “Daddy”)some times.
In business, there are times where there is little to nothing that can be done in a situation. When that happens, take a step back, analyze where you are, and find out where you should be focusing your energies. Dwelling on the bad without an action plan to move forward, won’t do you any good and waste a lot of time and energy.