Steve Jobs sadly passed recently and for many, a modern day genius had been lost. In a world where Ďsuccessí often parades under itís real name of mediocrity, Steve Jobs served as a reminder that Ďpersonal bestí isnít confined to the chosen few but is in fact available to all of us, all of the time. Steve wanted to be ‘his best’….you’d be hard pushed to choose anything more worthy
One of Steveís speeches has been sitting in my list of favourites from the time it was recorded (2005 ĖStanford address) such was the effect it had on me. If youíve not spent 15 minutes in the company of Steve Jobs, Iíd strongly encourage you to seek it out. If you want to go find it now no worries…Iíll wait for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
So why did Steveís message, his personal story which I was never part of, connect with me?
Well, a confession is in order. At first it didnít!….It was a Ďniceí speech but then Youtube is full of those; Like I said, mediocrity masquerading as success makes up a big percentage of Youtubeís daily content.
It was many years before I actually Ďgot ití….
When was that? When it finally fitted into my own internal app…thatís when! Possibly the only app I use that Steve Jobs didnít create for me.
Itís an app we all have…..an app we often lose sight off , distratced by all the external tools at our disposal but one which can skyrocket your golf game and leave you in a space which will have the same effect on you as the Steve Jobs address speech had on me
Itís 100% portable….natural…..sustainable….free….comes with its own in- built source of motivation…requires no anti-virus software….is authentic and totally bespoke to you.
The only golfing app you actually need to build your game on, from the INSIDE-OUT…is WISDOM
Consider your best games…those performances where it Ďjust happenedí…. what ap was behind that?
Or the times you made a decision and everything turned out well, despite the apparent lack of intellectual evidence?
Maybe even the phone call you made, the person you met , the choices you followed which , on looking back….where pivotal in shaping your game. Choosing the club membership package, the equipment you chose, the coach you hired, the people you surrounded yourself with…..?
Steve Jobs states in his speech ĎYou canít join the dots going forward, you can only join them when you look backí.
Have you found yourself creating success in your own golf game and not knowing why itís happened? Maybe this sounds like you
ĎI played really well, I knew I was going to play well even before I hit the shots I did, it was my day but I canít quite put my finger on how or why that happenedí….have you had experiences just like that?
If you canít quite put your finger on it, maybe thatís because thereís something else at play….creating success and guiding you outside the frame we call Ďintellectí.
What if, just like Steve Jobs and the choices he made…..the internal guidance system already knows what you want and all you actually need to do is get out of your own way….turn down the Ďnoiseí created by all those external apps (Stats, Goal Setting. Reflection Notes, Positive Affirmations etc) and tune into the internal app that someone like Steve Jobs would have surely invented if it werenít for the fact it was already on the market…..and pretty damn perfect too!
The challenge for players is that the Ďconditionsí necessary for producing their personal best is counter-intuitive and presents a strange irony.
The performances which where EFFORTLESS….SIMPLE…..PRECISE…..INTUITIVE…..AUTHENTIC ,are for me, when a player is being guided by the internal app of wisdom. The player literally has turned down….(and sometimes off altogether) the external apps that theyíve been led to believe make the difference.
And what do most players do immediately AFTER a wonderful performance?
They go into analysis mode, get encouraged to write down reams of Ďreflection notesí, get back in touch with their Ďsmart goalsí, in the intellectual quest to reproduce it over and over again.
And that for me is the counter-intuitive nature of performance
As soon as you attempt to control what is in effect something which takes place OUTSIDE the intellectual reasoning….it becomes just as elusive as before.
Again, I know there is a huge body of evidence, opinion, science, data,….whatever label you wish to give it, that will point to the facts that excellence in any pursuit is more likely it you follow the steps which have been laid by others whoíve Ďgained successí before
I donít get that! If I followed the EXACT steps that Steve Jobs followed would I get his results….?
No! Because Iím not Steve Jobs. Iím me.. and every bit entitled to pursue my personal best as he was.
Iím also pretty sure, listening to his speech that whilst he may have used an array of external apps to help him with the content of his vision…..the real driver was the internal app of wisdom…..the one app that Steve Jobs didnít ever need to invent.
Iíd encourage you to listen to his speech….not as an exercise to take notes…..not as an exercise to be a clone of one of the giants of our generation….but to listen with nothing on your mind……to allow the words he speaks to wash over you…. the source of inspiration you feel is NOT coming from Steve Jobs….his wisdom is meeting you on your terms….INSIDE you.
If you sense the feelings you get are somewhat familiar….youíre spot on. They are the same feelings you experience when your personal best is close by.
By all means collect the array of external apps that are out there….they are a brilliant legacy left behind by Steve Jobs and his merry band of innovators and for that we are forever grateful for Steveís vision.
Your legacy is still being written…you want to be your personal best…..dial into the best app on the market.
In changing times….itís something that never goes out of date, requires no warranty and Iíve yet see anyone take it back and ask for a refund.
Enjoy the unique nature of being YOU… INNER WISDOM….An app Steve Jobs would have been thrilled to market.
Thank you Steve Jobs….a timely reminder that all we really need is closer than we first realised.
Stay Hungry…Stay Foolish.
Your best is yet to come.
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