What Can I Learn from Golfing – 5 Good Habits
Updated: Sep 12, 2018
I learn good habits from golfing that can be applied at work. Here are 5 examples for sharing.
1. Positive thoughts. When I think that I won't have a good game on a day, I end up with bad experience for the whole game. Everything is set by my thoughts to go wrong from the first hole. When I simply enjoy the game, the challenges on the course seem more manageable.
Similarly, when I start a day at work with a positive mindset, I am ready to handle challenges with more options in my head.
2. Focus. There are many things to think about in a golf game e.g. wind direction, terrain, hazard and your players if I am playing in a group game etc. Once I stand at the tee box, I choose to focus on what I need to do best i.e. my swing. At work, many issues happen to distract or even discourage you from performing at your best. Choose the right thing to do and stay focused. You will be surprised to see a different outcome.
3. Forward looking. Forget the bad shot that I hit at the previous hole. The outcome of the previous hole doesn't change even though my mind is hanging onto it. Instead, I quickly look at the next hole. Plan how to play at the next one. I am always hopeful to do the right swing at the next hole because I know I can do it. Very often, you wish you could have done something differently for the past to change the situation. You actually can’t. You reflect what you learn in the past and do differently in the next event. Keep looking ahead. You create a new outcome in each occasion.
4. Be patient. I get terrible results when I am impatient with my swing, beginner players or “players” jam on a busy golf course. Results improve when I start to adjust my mind and slow down. Some players throw their clubs and shout when they hit a bad shot. It doesn’t get them any better results. The same applies at work. Some colleagues make you mad, new team members are not working up to speed etc. As a team leader, manage your emotions, coach your new members and in time, they will do their jobs properly.
5. Honesty. A work colleague once shared with me his reason of loving to play golf. “It is a game of honesty”. In a social playing occasion, players report the results to the marker at their own initiative. No one checks the results of what you report. You have a choice here: being honest with yourself or reporting a score that is not yours. If you choose the latter, other players will discover one day and you will not be called upon in future games.
Honesty is an important personal quality that shows people who you are. I always value an honest colleague, a team member whom I can count on.
What do you learn from your sport or hobby? What reflections do you get and apply in a work situation?
Author: Norris is a professional coach. You may contact her at email@example.com