One of my favorite books about golf is “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” by Mark Frost. The book details how amateur golfer Francis Ouimet defeated the great Harry Vardon in the 1913 U.S. Open. The victory is credited with helping grow the game of golf in the United States.
The book is well worth reading, especially if you’re a golf fan. One of the most striking passages to me described a pivotal moment in Ouimet’s drive to become a great golfer.
Francis Ouimet had developed a plan on how he could win the U.S. Amateur Championship, but didn’t have the inspiration he needed. He found it when he attended an opera with his mother. He wasn’t very engaged with it until a young soprano started singing.
“Good Lord, thought Francis, will you look at this woman? She had committed herself to this song so completely, she appeared to be in a kind of trance. Then the source of it came clear to him; a clean, concentrated light in her eyes that Francis intuitively understood to mean she’d given up her very soul to let this music come through here, nothing stood in the way of it, he could see she wasn’t even aware anyone else was watching her, and at that moment, the tumblers in the lock he’d been trying to open to reach the heart of his own talent clicked into place.
“That is just what I want for golf,” he said to himself.
In a way, isn’t that what we’re all searching for? Don’t we want to give up our soul to let our talent flow through us.
I find my source of inspiration in helping people. I feel fulfilled when I play a part in people reaching their dreams. This video describes the method I’ve found to best help me achieve that.
Don’t give up on your search. Keep looking until you find inspiration that leads to the type of commitment that will change your life.