As an elite amateur golfer and tour professional, Sam Jarman enjoyed nothing more that practicing the game he loved and striving for mastery of his craft. His lifetime pursuit of excellence in golf was a journey of ups and downs that forced him to take a hard look at what it was he was missing from his tool kit that ultimately held him back from playing his very best and reaching his potential.
He felt trapped in the belief that better golf was the only way that he could feel better about life, and about himself. In his pursuit to find more meaning in his own life and to better understand how to reconnect with the feelings of enjoyment and freedom he experienced when he first fell in love with the game, he was able to accept that perhaps the tour wasn’t meant to be for him. Instead he devoted his life to developing his own unique coaching philosophy to help his clients unlock the potential within themselves by helping them to develop a much broader and deeper understanding of who they are and what their purpose is in life.
As his blog states, he takes his clients on a direct path that goes straight to the truth about what the feelings of freedom and confidence are truly about and where they come from. He compares this to taking a scenic route to understanding that starts from the other directions, taking people’s beliefs about the game one at a time and exploring them to see if it is these beliefs that are actually getting in the way.
One by one, these ideas fall away until people are left with nothing but a deep realization of who they are and why they play. This realization comes in the form of happiness, peace, contentment that isn’t dependent on results or outcomes but instead runs much deeper and cuts to the core of what matters most in life.
Although today’s discussion with Sam is about golf, there is so much takeaway value for anyone pursuing both personal and professional excellence in their life through their chosen craft, whatever that craft may be.
I encourage you to have an open-mind as you listen to Sam not only share his own journey but also the work he has devoted his life to.
Sam Jarman is a professional golfer, coach, author and speaker. He played full time tournament golf for ten years, before he realized that helping other golfers to stop make the same mistakes he was making could be more enjoyable and more lucrative than continuing to make them himself.
His first book 'The Three Principles of Outstanding Golf' is a fifty thousand word summary of the most significant thing he has learned; keep it simple. Sam lives near Woburn Golf Club in Buckinghamshire with Daisy, a pretty but slightly unreliable cocker spaniel. When he isn't teaching, writing or playing golf he spends his time salmon fishing, skiing, reading, poker or enjoying the odd pint of Guinness.
Connect With Sam:
Website: https://sportsprinciples.com/ & https://samjarmangolf.com/about-my-golf-coaching-philosophy/
Special thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
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