New Par

As we get older, we (hopefully) gain experience – meaning that we not only encounter new things, but that we also learn from them, and then retain and apply that learning.

Experience is generally good, because the more often you find yourself in a particular situation, the more likely you are to know how to deal with it: less stress, more success.

But sometimes an abundance of experience is a bad thing, because it can lead us to believe that things can’ t be changed.  A friend of mine – a golfer in college – tells of how his coach used to encourage his players to “get out of their comfort zone.”  In other words, many years of experience may lead you to believe that you are a golfer that shoots around 90, which you might consider your “personal par” (as opposed to actual par, which is 72.)  If you listen only to experience, you’ll stay in your comfort zone, and continue to shoot around 90.

At some point, you need to abandon history and tell yourself that you can be better than your past.  (Of course, working to make yourself better is critical, but not enough if you can’t change your own mind.)  Regardless of your age and the particular endeavor that’s important to you, at some point it becomes time to set for yourself a new expectation, a new reality.  In other words, a new par.  You are greater than you realize.  Experience be damned.

“The important thing is this:  To be able at any moment
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
~Charles Du Bos

2 Responses to “New Par”

  1. Sunday Quotes Says:

    interesting point which i don’t think we usually give enough attention
    we really do need to make more of an effort to get out of our comfort zone sometimes
    nice quote too!

  2. NeW PAR Says:

    move the boundaries 🙂

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