If you know me very well you probably know that I love golf and I love
For a few days before Christmas I had the first days of sickness that I
have had in this amazing year that has been 2007. I didn't have energy I
normally have so I became motionless and unproductive. I watched some
movies but didn't do much more.
On Christmas Eve I watched The Legend of Bagger Vance. I had seen it when
it first came out. It was different for me this time.
Perhaps it was different because I was watching it as another year was
coming to an end.
Perhaps it was different because I was listening to Bagger's words as
they relate to me and you.
Perhaps it was different because Shelley and I had a chance to visit the
area where it was filmed when we spoke and coached at the CMAA Assistant
Managers Conference. The accents were familiar and took me right back to
the Carolinas and the Savannah area. We played the golf course where it
It was different. It was better. It was the right time to watch it.
Maybe that is a lesson that although we want things to
happen on our time schedule, sometimes they are going to happen when they
are meant to happen. That lesson is evident in the movie.
Junnah's game didn't show up when he wanted it. The absence of it showing
up allowed him the chance to learn how to get it back for the long run.
He had to learn to be patient and stop trying to force the learning.
"Inside each and every one of us Is our true, authentic swing
Something we was born with
Something that's ours and ours alone
Something that cannot be learned
Something that's got to be remembered.
Did you get it? He said remembered as opposed to learned.
Your authentic swing is who you are and who you are meant to be. As we
coach people our job in essence is to help them remember their
brilliance. Bagger Vance was a number of things, and among those things
he had brilliance at being a caddy and a coach.
As I have been reflecting on this past year I realize it
might be the most amazing year of my life so far! Perhaps getting closer
to my authentic swing has been part of it. It has been a year of
landmarks and celebration. It has been a year of travel, experiences that
came out of dreams, and deepness in relationships at a level beyond what
I have ever experienced. It has been a year of learning and creating. As
I take time to reflect on it I have to pinch myself.
Maybe it is the sharp pain of the pinch that helps me remember that I
designed the year I had. There were elements of it that were beyond what
I designed but I remembered the design.
For the past few years Shelley and I have been spending time
as one year comes to an end and another begins challenging each other to
dream and plan. We have found it to be so exciting as we plan what is
possible for our respective families, our businesses and our lives. It is
an exercise we can't wait to get to. It is a chance to connect to our
dreams and our authentic swings. I can hardly wait to get at it.
If you would like a copy of our planning tool please e-mail
me at [email protected] and
I will send it to you. I truly hope that 2008 will be your best year yet.
I hope you will decide to design it that way. I hope you find your