I played golf at Paako Ridge a few days ago. On one particular hole, a huge evergreen tree was on the left side of the tee box about 50 yards in front of me. “Junk” awaited any ball that sprayed to the right. As I prepared to tee off, I focused on one thought!
“Don’t hit the tree on the left!”
Guess what? I hit the tree on the left.
Plunk! The ball dropped straight down in rough under that tree. I went on to triple bogey that hole. For non-golfers that is a bad score.
I realized my mistake. In my attempt not to hit the tree I actually focused on the tree thus contributing to the result of hitting the tree. I should have focused on hitting the opening instead.
Moral: In life, focus on what you should do rather than what you should not do. As you attempt to do the right thing, focus on that rather than the wrong thing. You’ll hit alot less trees that way!