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.
Change is hard. Some days it starts first thing in the morning as you try to get out of bed on a cold winter morning.
It is so comfortable under the warmth of the blankets. You know that the moment you get out from under them it is going to be a shock to the system and it is going to be uncomfortable for awhile.
But what eventually happens? You get used to being up, your body forgets about being tucked under the comfort of the blankets (hopefully), and you move on with your day.
The moment you accept the fact that change needs to happen, is going to happen, and that being uncomfortable for awhile is part of the process, the sooner you can move on with whatever changes may need to happen.
To grow, to be better today than you were yesterday, you need to accept the comfort in being uncomfortable. If you are uncomfortable you have an opportunity to be better.
Embrace being uncomfortable. It’s the only way to truly experience the changes that you need and desire.