The world’s top golfer, Rory McIlroy abruptly walked off the course during the recent Honda Classic.
He had enough of the bad round he was playing after only nine holes. Maybe it was the new clubs. Maybe the pressure of being 23 and number one at the same time.
Off he went, ignoring the long held code of golf that states a player finishes his or her round unless they have a persuasive reason for withdrawing. And even then they must report it to the commissioner.
Golf isn’t the only place where a bruised ego gets in the way.
It happens to us – our families, at work. Sometimes we have to deal with bruised egos of others and sometimes it’s our own.
Some players – arguably the majority in any given tournament – are playing for nothing. They qualified to continue on but they can’t possibly win.
They are just playing for pride and to set a good example for others.
And therein lies the answer to how to cure a bruised ego.
Set it aside.
Get yourself under control.
Persevere for pride and to set a good example for others.
I always remind my bruised ego that knowing how to lose is practice for knowing how to win.
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