Plan? What plan…? Par 3

At the apex of PGA Tour player Tiger Woods illustrious career—apex meaning the period of time during which Tiger was winning  multiple tour events including one or two of the prestigious “Major” tournaments, throughout the year—one of the questions he would predictably be asked at the start of each tournament he entered was:

“Tiger, what  is your plan or strategy for this tournament?”

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His answer: “My plan is to put myself in position to win.”

Wonderful!  What did Tigers answer really tell us? Not much really.  Right? At first blush the comment almost sounds condescending and laced with impatience with the question and the questioner.

“My plan…is to put myself in position to win”

The more I have pondered and processed these words, however,—putting aside my own negative filters—the more I have begun to appreciate the comment.  It is a beautiful, tidy, concise response, proffered in an economy of words, packing a powerful message about golf, and—if you will allow—about life.  We have choices about how we approach our golf game and the same is true about our lives.

The question I have been wrestling with is this: What do I need to do, in and with my life, to put myself into position to win…and…what is it I want to win?

The apostle Paul, who penned  a significant portion the book I have chosen to use as my life’s guide—my Bible—had some rather direct comments on this subject.  Eugene Petersen’s—The Message— treatment of Scripture has given me some significant insight regarding things I need to be focusing on in my life.  A perfect example is 1 Corinthians 9:24-29:

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally (emphasis mine – LG). I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”

This passage encourages me to persevere and continue to focus on finishing my race, in this life, strong.  The “prize” I am running towards is  life eternal with our Maker—the biggest win of all. 

What about you? 

Are you playing at life?  Or, are you living with intentionality, putting yourself in position to win?  

What’s your plan?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for your insights, Larry. It’s sooo easy for us to get our eyes off winning in life. Too often we want to get by with the least effort, but that never helps us win at anything!


  2. Thanks John – Nice to get you response Thanksgiving morning. Be blessed. L


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