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I’m (metaphorically speaking) in the middle of a bad stretch of holes.

I’ve found myself asking, “how do I get out of this rut?” more than I’ve wanted to lately.

I’m not sure what the answer is.

In truth, I feel like I’ve been mentally and physically in limbo for the past month, teetering between feeling upbeat and energized to feeling run down, exhausted and discouraged.

I care deeply about helping you connect with your bodies and minds — to fuel both so that you feel, live and play better.

But I’d be lying to say I have something I’ve discovered or experimented with lately that’s been helpful.

I’ve been in much more of an uphill climb than a playful ride this month.

I’ve really had to embrace the struggle, and I’m still doing it.

The things that usually fill me up — meditating, breathing, good workouts, proper nutrition — have been pushed aside instead of accentuated.

I’d equate this to making the turn playing really well, hitting one bad shot on the 11th hole, and getting to 15 finding myself on pace to shoot a high number.

It’s time to go into survival mode and post a respectable score.

In golf, and in life, the tactic I want to use is the same.

  • Assess
  • Correct
  • Move on
Here’s an example of what I’ve been struggling with and what I plan on doing to proactively adjust.

ASSESS

Question 1: What do I notice that’s different?

Answer: Energy levels are down, I’m feeling fatigued

Question 2: What’s the cause?

Answer: Not completely positive but it could be any combination of eating too little of something, a vitamin or mineral deficiency, dehydration, and lack of mental housekeeping.

I haven’t been meditating and reading on a regular basis, either.

CORRECT

Question: How can I fix this?

Answer: Start with micro doses of breathing exercises and open a book again at night.

Wean off screens late at night and give myself a buffer before I check notifications in the morning.

See doctor and request a blood test to see if i’m low on any vital nutrients or elements.

Research metabolic testing and see if it’s worth exploring to design an optimal nutrition routine.

MOVE ON

As a natural perfectionist, this is easier said than done.

I let off the reins this summer and it’s taking a toll on my health.

In the past, I’d be way too hard on myself.

But what’s done is done, and it’s over.

Next hole.

Next shot.

Next day.

This is far from the most uplifting or inspirational email you’ll read today.

But it’s real.

It’s raw.

It’s true.

All in all, my life is good.

I’m fine.

I’m just acutely aware of what makes me feel great.

Time to go grab it again.

Much love, everyone.

BONUS QUOTE FOR THOUGHT:
“The most important shot in golf is the next one” – Ben Hogan
Keep on, my friends.
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Until next week!
Cory
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