Great writers write first and edit later. The poor ones think too much and keep getting writer’s block (and this is why most say that they “can’t write”).

And it’s hard to keep writing when you know there’s an odd spelling mistake or some other issue. But the writer keeps on trucking.

They write first. Then edit.

I’ll be forever grateful to my mentor for helping coach me through the writing process. And while I’ll never be brilliant, I’m confident enough to be dangerous.

And the golfer must play first. We’ve gotta whack the ball without worry or concern. And we must play with the realisation that we too can (and should) edit later.

While we can’t charge the outcome of a putt or drive, we know we’re maximising our potential for success by not getting in the way while we play. And we’re learning. We’re getting a little bit better each time and our ultimate goal isn’t short term (like having too much focus on our immediate score, handicap or result).

If you’re always editing you’re not really playing golf. You’re not a golfer and you shouldn’t be on the course.

But learn let go and you’ll open up a brand new world. And there’s plenty of time for editing later on.