Earlier this week, I had a lengthy conversation with one of my patients who is an avid golfer. We discussed the game at length. We talked strategy. We discussed the importance of timing. We exchanged stories of our best shots and our best rounds. That conversation reminded me just how much I love the game, unfortunately, I honestly have not had enough time to play as much as I would like.

We both talked about the psychological importance of grabbing a bite to eat at the turn between the front and back 9. Typically, as I bite into my hot dog, and grab sip of water, I review the front 9 and realize that this is my opportunity for a fresh start!  We just grabbed our hot dog, and are officially getting ready to tee off on the back 9 of 2020. Anyone who has played golf knows the mental impact that "starting over" on the back 9 can have! We have the chance to forget the balls hit into the woods, or dropped in the water hazard, or missed putts and rewrite the story. Golfers also know, all too well, how much focusing on the misses can ruin the rest of your round. We have to always focus on the things we did well rather than focus on what went wrong!

Let's be honest the "front 9" of 2020 was a pretty wild ride. Filled with duffed tee shots, skulled irons, and lost balls. It seems as though everything that could have gone wrong did, in fact, go wrong. We, all, learned some incredibly valuable lessons in the process. Now we get a chance to start fresh and make the "Back 9" better than the "Front 9." 

What are you going to do to make the changes necessary to crush the tee shot on number 10? 

(For those non-golfers out there... here is a quick translation. The first half of 2020 was rough, so what are you going to do to make the second half of 2020 better?)


Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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