Be Like A Golfer

At the start of the week I wrote about being like a caddy.  Let’s end the week with a few thoughts from the other side of the bag.  What can we learn from the golfer?  (Yes, I was watching golf again yesterday.) 

Here are a few observations:

1) Put the work in and trust the work you do.  Make it focused and the right kind of work.

There are a lot of golfers out there.  Most are recreational and very average.  Those that play professionally, and at a high level, have put in countless hours of physical and mental training. 

If you want to be good at anything you have to put the time in.  You won’t get the results you want without the work that many others won’t do. 

2) Be Confident

If you put in the work then have confidence in your talent and skills.  Not arrogant, but confident. 

You must believe in yourself to be at your best.  Others can help by believing in you, but if you do #1 above there is no reason to not believe in yourself.

3) Collaborate and Listen.

To experience success the golfer will need to talk, listen, and work with their caddy.  The best success that you can experience is when it is shared with others. 

Trusted relationships are built through communication.  Communication involves listening, which is maybe more important than talking.  Winners, and leaders, listen.

4) You will have to grind at times, but that’s where you grow.

Some golf shots, some days, are better than others.  There is a saying by those of us (me) who do not play professionally that says “if you hit that one good golf shot it will bring you back.”

Golf, like life, is sometimes more mental than physical.  There are days, on and off the course, that you have to grind it out, be creative.  Sometimes those days turn out to be better than you could even predict.  That’s because you have kept your cool and have been able to adjust, adapt, and overcome.

Growth, and being better, happen during tough times and because you embrace the daily grind, on and off of the golf course.

Be like a golfer.

Put in the work.
Be confident.
Work well with others.
Grind and grow.

Oh, and one last thing.  I believe there are no bad days spent on the golf course.  It’s always worth it, just like life.  Keep your perspective and there is always something to be grateful for.

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching #bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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