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If Adult Learn To Curl was a graphic novel.

Adult Learn To Curl

I hate losing.  I’m probably not alone in this but it makes it difficult to continue to concentrate if my team isn’t playing very well.  It would be tempting to bundle everyone up and ship us to an adult learn to curl camp and get it over with.

This type of competitive attitude doesn’t mix very well with a typical curling game in the club.  By analogy its like the guy that didn’t quite make it to the NHL and leaves his head there when he plays ball hockey.

The reality is I curl two nights a week at a club and we lose far more often than we win.  I thought I had stopped focusing on the losses, but I cannot seem to let it go.  Last year I wrote a blog post where I say Farewell to Pro Curling and I thought I was over it.

Although I’m frustrated, it doesn’t mean that I’m playing well and my team is stinking.  The problem is that like the saying goes, a rising tide raises all boats, and on a team, one player can stand out as a lynchpin to either save the team from loss, or on the other hand, drag them into defeat.

With as little pain as possible, how can I move the needle in another direction?

“It’s been said that sometimes you don’t go to war with the army you want. You go to war with the army you have.”

Doug Casey

Curling Is Hard

Throwing a curling rock is damn hard.  From my experience with teaching curling for over 10 years, I can tell you that there is a rare exception that slides out perfectly the first time and always throws the right handle.

I’ve been playing for a long time so things come easily now, but I can still remember my first curling tournament at the Smiths Falls club — this would have been in the late eighties.  Each time I would get up to throw, I would wind up and fire it down the ice.  Eventually, the skip came down the ice to “coach” me.  He was like, “Daniel, you are throwing them like hell.  You just need to ease them down there.”

That was then.

Now I can throw like hell with precision.

The Curling Blueprint

My plan was to take an inexperienced team and lead them to win the club championship.  Easy.

Thoughts can be misleading.

Who really wants to be taught in the heat of the moment?  However noble the idea — usually ends in epic failure.  The game isn’t the ideal space to learn the fundamentals, more importantly, it distracts me from my own game.  On a Tuesday or a Thursday, I need all my available processing power to make my own shots.  The games don’t mean much in the whole scheme of things, but they are the only two games I’ve got.

Sometimes I ask myself how can I give myself small victories in the moment, in other words, how can I distract myself from the reality of an ass-kicking?

The strategy isn’t working.

Sunday Morning Fever

Although I’d always had plans to run an adult learn to curl program, like all creative ideas that run through my head, there’s an exuberant initial fun period playing with the idea, sketching it out and then watching fizzle out a few weeks later.

Did I really want to get up early Sunday morning?

With this particular idea, I volunteered to run the program on Sundays.  I don’t get many days off in the winter due to my erratic work schedule, and initially, I wasn’t too keen on what I’d gotten myself into.

Working with the new members changed my mindset and overwrote the negative tailspin, just enough to get the ball rolling again.  The program required that I send out a weekly email out to the 30 plus new members involved and the idea of letting them down, kept me on the straight and narrow. The challenge kept me up late until I finally polished up the first email that was sent out promptly to a brand new email subscriber list.

Exciting stuff.

A Monster Calls

I’ve taken the time to get good at curling and it’s never really paid off.  The reality is I haven’t played on the World Curling Tour stage, or the Brier.  The easiest explanation is that first of all its hard to balance curling life with work life.  Curling does not pay the bills very well.  Some players have managed to make a go of it, but I wasn’t one of them.

Did I fail?

The answer to this nagging self-doubt is to “kill the idea” with self-propaganda.  In other words, tell myself all the excuses why I didn’t succeed.  There are probably more reasons why I didn’t get there that I’m just starting to glimpse myself now.

Do I need to leave it behind?

Adult Learn To Curl Pro

The adult learn to curl program takes me a step forward professionally, it strengthens my current position and also paves the way for future development.  I love working with people, and since I am already a curling professional of a sort, the shoe fits perfectly.

How do I define myself as a curling pro now?  I get paid for my skills in the curling industry.  Probably a heck of a lot more than the average player on the World Curling Tour.

Growth hurts.

The opposite of growth is dying.

Dying is bad.


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