Gil Anderson’s intriguing new book “Going Fore It in Golf & Life” touches on the many correlations between life and golf. Just as golf is a mental game, so too is life. “My value system comes from the game of golf,” he says. “You can learn so much about life and living from golf, and how to be authentic and honest. I’ve been playing golf since I was six and teaching it for 40 years. This book is a reflection of the profound affect that my commitment to golf has had on my character and on the direction my life has taken.”
Anderson suggests that by overcoming self-doubt in golf, a player at any level can learn to apply the same way of thinking to life. His many life and golf experiences that he’s shared with hundreds over the years are included in “Going Fore It in Golf & Life.”
After reading the book, you can certainly grasp that Anderson is totally committed in his quest to share with others all that he has received. “I have come to an understanding that it is not what we acquire and covet from our life’s direction, but rather what those experiences have provided which motivate and inspire others through the determination of our sharing,” he says.
Anderson shares dozens of insights and examples, like the following:
“It is important to reduce tension by calling on our meditative capabilities to block out all other distractive energies. A deep breath is helpful to allow a settling in the process of acceptance that is required for the careful clearing of our mind. Now we can slip into a state of relaxed certainty that is necessary to become poised and ready for the well structured take away as the backswing begins. Procedures that are consistently established and adhered to in a routine fashion build upon a process of purposeful intent that lies at the cornerstone of the growth and capability in our pursuit.”
Anderson’s metaphors utilize a process that transforms a playful pursuit into a strategy for overcoming life’s obstacles. As your golf skills improve and your playing ability expands, he suggests that your passion for life will also be renewed and strengthened, as a motivating force unlocks your ultimate potential as your journey continues to discover your authentic self.
To read more about Gil Anderson’s teaching techniques or to order a copy of “Going Fore It in Golf & Life,” visit www.goingforeit.com.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.