Thane Marcus Ringler recently published his first book, From Here to There: A Quarter-Life Perspective On The Path To Mastery.
Some people might find the idea of even writing the book, or coming on this show to share his perspective, to be audacious for a 25 year old. But I believe that there’s something to learn from everybody, whether it’s my eight-year-old son, a 74-year-old ex-Army Ranger, or a former PGA tour pro like Thane who was forced to pivot.
So I’m grateful Thane gave me the opportunity to learn from him, and I’m looking forward to sharing his wisdom with all of you today.
Thane found himself at the 2015 Australian Open, his first big tour as a professional golfer. He was playing against big names like Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, and Lee Westwood. These were people he looked up to, and seeing them next to him “really solidified in my mind that the game is not the thing that’s different. It’s the experience, the mindset, the confidence, the belief, the focus. The things that are intangible in the mind.”
But leading up to this tour, Thane had his first experience with The Yips: an involuntary, fear-based movement of the body that gets ingrained into, generally, an athlete’s performance. It was just a week before the biggest game of his life, and he just couldn’t keep a clubface square during his wedges.
He went out there, every day, in a battle against The Yips, and it was his greatest battle on the golf course and, in many ways, in his own mind.
Thane did get to a place where he was able to compete, although he still faltered in the second round of the Australian Open. “But I was proud of myself for getting to a place where I could compete, and I could stand next to these players and recognize that mys kill and my talent was parallel, in a lot of ways.”
Words are cheap. Actions cost.
Thane teaches us that talking about things is one thing, but actually doing them is something else entirely. This is true when it comes to competition, and this is true in our daily lives.
But the golf can help us illustrate this because, ultimately, it’s a game against yourself. It’s so mental, individualized, and long-form that, even though there are competitors, it’s more a battle against you, your mind, and your own self-limiting beliefs.
“You have to take 100% ownership of what you’re doing. There’s no referees to blame, there’s no teammates – it’s all on you.” Although Thane pivoted away from golf, he still applies this mindset to everything he does.
We all have to take full ownership of our actions and our decisions. If we don’t, it’s going to be limiting our own growth and our own progress, in whatever we’re doing.
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