And the only way to get your short game right is to understand your long game.
The long game is that you'll never make it out alive.
That one day you'll be gone.
No matter what.
And that pretty much puts everything into perspective.
It'll help you to prioritize your short game.
When you know and really understand that and not just with your head but also with your heart that you're going to die one day, you'll realize what matters and what doesn't.
You'll be able to prioritize your short game.
But that's also the part where it gets tricky.
Because if you're aware and really internalize that you'll be dead one day you're risking to rush through things just to tick boxes.
But the truth is that everything worth doing takes patience.
A hell lot of patience.
Which in itself makes it even harder to prioritize and get your short game right.
Because sometimes to get the long game right you've gotta put in the work and maybe work 16 hours a day for a few years like no one else ever would, so you can live the rest of your life like no one else ever could.
And sometimes it's about having to eat dirt for a while to get your long game right. To get to where you want to be. Where you have to be.
Or you've gotta make space and time for your parents who won't be here forever at the expense of something that in the short game seems more important.
Or you've gotta reject that super lucrative job offer because it would distract you from your long game and would only take away your focus from what's really important to you.
When you look at the long game, most things don't really matter.
In the long game only a very small number of things matter.
So the only way to get your long game right, whatever your long game is, is to play your short game in a way that every single decision you make will get you closer to achieving your long game.
And ironically that might mean that you have to sacrifice a lot in your short game.
Like not going out for fancy dinners with your friends.
Or going to the club.
Or the bar.
Or buying expensive stuff you don't need.
Or what not.
Even though you might be dead tomorrow.
So what happens if one day it's really over?
I don't know.
But I feel like working toward your long game, working toward the things that are really important to you and at least having been on the right path without doing a lot of short game nonsense is what will ultimately give you the feeling of having done the right stuff.
Whatever the right stuff is for you.
And when I say “you” what I really mean is “I”...
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]