“If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.”- Oprah Winfrey
In life, mulligans can be hard to come by…
not only from others, but from ourselves.
A “mulligan” is a term for a free shot, used in golf to replay a bad shot with no penalty.
Professionally, it’s not allowed. But, in casual play, mulligans speed up the game by reducing the time spent searching for a lost ball, decreasing frustration and increasing enjoyment of the game because a player can “shake off” a bad shot more easily with a second chance.
If you’re playing at life “professionally,” then you probably don’t expect or take mulligans very easily when a minor mistake or unfortunate happenstance occurs.
However, if you’re simply a “player,” doing his or her best to gain mastery while, first and foremost, enjoying whatever game you’re up to — in career, relationships, dreams development, etc. — then a compassionate mulligan here and there is refreshing.
I’ve often coached my clients that, to the degree they want to grow, their level of self-compassion must match it. That’s because, if you’re dreaming and playing big, you’d better expect to face challenges and seeming mistakes.
The ability to shake them off and simply keep playing — vs the paralysis of analysis of searching for the lost ball — has you keep moving towards mastery while having a lot more fun in the game.
So, choose: are you a professional, or a player? It may be different for each game you’re playing.
At some point, you may decide to go “pro.” But just consider the amount of enjoyment and playful skill development you may lose if you do so too soon.
Be a player at every opportunity…and accept or claim your mulligans gratefully.
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Got mulligan worthiness?
“Every second a seeker can start over, for his life’s mistakes are initial drafts and not the final version.”- Sri Chinmoy