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A Good Life Lesson From Golf

Most people know that I don’t play golf. I barely play miniature golf. For over a year now, I have lived on a beautiful golf course. I have had the opportunity to observe golfers of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders. Having never observed golf before up close, I have come to appreciate something fundamental about the success of the game.

To be successful getting your ball to the hole, it seems that more than the strength and power that you use to hit the ball, what really gets you close to your target is the follow through. I watch golfer after golfer swing fully with their whole body and hold the swing long after their club struck the ball. Not only must one be focused on the goal/target/hole but stay focused after the swing on the target.

That is a good life lesson. Not only should we all be focused on our goals, on a specific target, but every step of the way, we should remember to follow through 100%. When we stay focused on our target even after we take a step or two towards it — chances of success are greater.

As we move into 2010, I encourage all of us to focus on our goals and more importantly figure out how to stay focused on the goal. Also important for the New Year is to work on staying focused every step of the way. May we all accomplish our goals this year through focus and fortitude.

Blessings, Deb

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prep

About Deb Dusansky

Deb has been a Jewish educator for over 20 years directing and teaching children, adults, and families. She is currently the director for Boulder Stepping Stones, an independent family education opportunity for interfaith and Jewish unaffiliated. Deb has been in private practice for over 14 years counseling individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in spiritually centered counseling.

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