What does Authentic mean to you?

Golfer hitting out of sand trap.
Apr 2024

This quotation is from Harvey Penick, golf professional, coach and author, Henry Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime of Golf. 


I see golf as an intriguing metaphor for life. I find there are many parallels between what happens on the golf course and what plays out in life. This quotation reminds us that no matter what has gone before – a bad shot, a misread or a mistake made, the only move that matters is the next one. If you end up with a bad lie in a sand trap, your best option is your next shot.

You can’t go back and fix or change what has already taken place. If you can learn something from it, that’s fine but there is no value in being hard on yourself, rehashing the event, thinking “it should not have happened” or blaming yourself or others.

What is done is done, period. I know, I know, it’s tempting to ‘go back there’ and try to figure out what happened. What happened was you made the best move you could given your level of understanding and mindset in that moment. Perhaps you felt stressed, distracted or under pressure – states of mind that come and go.  Ultimately, no matter what happens, what you do next matters most. When you can let it go and move on, you have the power to make your next move count.

Harvey Penick published his Little Red Book at the age of 88. He knew a thing or two about golf and about life, He was considered one of the most gifted instructors of the mental game.




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