Monday, August 8, 2011

Get in Position

Every morning, Tyler watches Morning Drive, a morning talk show on the Golf Channel. I am not a morning person, so I sleep until the very last minute, and frantically shower, dress, blow-dry and pack up my bag with barely enough time to scarf down some cereal before I head out to work.

But, as I scarf, there is Morning Drive.

Everything I know about golf, I know from Morning Drive: which is to say...very little. During the few minutes I watch, I spend most of the time commenting on the two hosts, Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams.

Do you think they like eachother off camera? I ask Tyler. Or do you think they leave the show wanting to punch the other in the face?

Who would you rather go out for drinks and talk golf with? Erik or Gary?

I'm going to call Erik Kuselias, Erik Ku-silly. Because he's silly.

And Tyler politely ignores me.

This morning, someone by the name of Ron Sirak was on the show, chatting about whatever it is they actually chat about while I'm wondering whether or not I'd rather be friends with Erik or Gary (FYI, I'm leaning towards Gary. No. Erik. No wait...Gary). And Ron said something along the lines of: That's what you have to do to win a major. You have to get in position to win a major.

I quickly dismissed this comment and labelled it: VERY silly. I thought: Great advice, Ron. I'm going to call Tiger Woods and say, 'Tiger! Did you know that if you get into position to win a major, you're going to win one? I bet you didn't know that, did you?' This is life-changing, Ron. Life-changing. Back to my cereal.

For some reason, however, this got stuck in my head. And I actually began to think that Ron is right. And that it is life-changing.

I mean, did you know you actually have to write a book to get published?

It sounds silly. But I dreamed about becoming a published author when I was five years old and I didn't do anything about it until a few years ago. Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in the goal and not think seriously about what you need to do to get there.

So, the question is, whatever you want to accomplish in your life, are you in position to do it? I'm going to ask myself that question every day.

Photo credit: Golf Uncensored


  1. That's a good question. I think to achieve my goal of finishing my book, let alone have any chance of getting it published, I'm going to have to shake the feeling of it never happening and just write. I'm a slave to the little voice in my head that says that my writing isn't good enough and so in order for me to get in the position to achieve my goal, I have to tell it to shut up!

    Great post!

  2. That is a good question. I think I am in about the best position now than I have ever been. I have time, I have motivation, and I love what I am doing.

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  3. simple stuff can be so brilliant, right?!

    i always love visiting your blog, melissa!

    Ok, so yes!! I should get in better position to do what i really dream of doing!! altho i LOVE songwriting, singing, playing- i do not love the performance aspect of it and pretty much have come to realize i won't ever make money doing this anyway. BUT, music licensing for film, tv and advertisement- that's what i would like to learn about and attempt. i've never sent my music out to make that happen but after this whole "50 songs in 90 days" madness is over and i have time to breathe again, that's where i want to put my energy.

    so melissa, get one of your books published, then made into a movie, and i will write the soundtrack for it!! yay! ;)

  4. Very inspiring, Melissa! Oh, we all need to remember this, and I so needed to hear it right now. Thank you. :)