Those who read this blog and they know me, know I love my hobby.
Outside of work, I am a very keen indoor lawn bowler. I will talk anyone's head-off about bowls when given a chance. I love bowling, I love the tactical nature of it. I love the team work aspect when playing pairs, triples or fours.
Recently, I lost a major semi-final playing in a triples team, to be honest we played the best we could and to be fair the opposition were just better. No shame in that as it was the county semi-final and its only the second season I have played this game.
On Saturday, I was competing in the county team event and we didn't win a game in our group. We lost each game by very narrow margins (3-4 points) but we still lost. Again, we were happy how we played and gave are all but I was so disappointed replaying each game in my head thinking if there was anyway I personally could have changed the result.
I was sat alone thinking about this and a very experienced bowler came over to me and we chatted, the conversation went like this:
Bowler: "Well played today, Scott"
Me: "Thanks, but we didn't win, I am trying to replay the games in my head and find where we went wrong!"
Bowler: "Bloody hell, Scott. You played great, gave all you had is that not enough? Your biggest weakness isn't your bowing. You play well for how long you have bowled. You're weakness is that you over think."
Me: "Over think? How can you over think?"
Bowler: "The more you over think, the less you will understand!"
He then walked away. I'll be honest I have no idea what he meant at the time, but on reflection I think I understand. Maybe, I didn't do anything wrong. I just need to do my best at whatever I do and accept sometimes things will not go my way or the way I would really like.
I don't think this just applies to my hobby but to my career. I think too much and then I become more confused about what I was thinking about and the lessons to be learnt get lost in a maze of thoughts.
To get good at anything, you need to think about it less and just do it!
Time for more bowling!!