Many people around the world love the game of golf. To be honest with you I still have a hard time taking that many hours out of my day to drive around hitting a little ball in a hole. That’s the beauty for many taking a mini break from reality and compete often with others but primarily within themselves. I have been fortunate to be a part owner of a driving range where I took lessons from a professional. These lessons mirrored so much of what I’ve been taught in business that I wanted to recap a few of them here.
Before I start though, make sure to check past blog posts, videos, and podcasts by lead trainer Laurie Rubidge. She has been hitting hole in one’s here and I don’t want you to miss a word of what she’s shared thus far!
1. Jack Of All Trades Master Of None!
This lesson is so powerful in many areas of our life but especially when it comes to learning a new craft. When I first starting picking up the golf clubs everyone around me knew that I was a work in progress, a student. They wanted to be my teacher offering their words of wisdom. My golf pro was up front and quickly told me not to listen to them but to focus on what he was sharing with me. If I had too many different voices in my head I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on any of them.
I found this to be true in leadership too. It doesn’t mean there aren’t many ways to be successful but if we are truly trying to get comfortable, we need to grab a hold of a mentor and shut out the other voices. That’s why I’m so thankful to work with Laurie Rubidge within Next Level Leadership. She’s done it! In a big big way! When I first met her it was from afar as she was the lead trainer and top producer for a company that was breaking records. Now through this platform the world gets to learn directly from her and I really hope that we all don’t take it for granted. We need to dive in and really allow the principles shared here to take hold in our lives and habits.
2. Don’t Jump The Gun.
A lot of times we just want to grab the club and go whack the ball. We need to take our time and visualize where we want the shot to go. If we feel uncomfortable we need to back away for a moment, regroup, refocus on what we want to do, and then execute.
The same applies for our work as leaders. If people try and get their mind “right” before hitting a little ball, one shot out of many for a game, then we need to be able to treat our interactions with others as leaders with at least the same focus. First, visualize and think of the desired outcome. If we don’t feel at our best back away, regroup, visualize better what we’d like to see happen, and then execute. There is no reason to rush.
3. Commit To The Shot.
In golf there can be a lot of different options when hitting the ball towards the hole. The choice of club, the desired outcome of where the ball will be hit to on the course, the next shots from that point, and countless other choices along the way. The key is to get a plan and stick with it. If we second guess ourselves during the shot we will bring that worry and doubt into the outcome.
We need to commit to the shot in our mind, execute, accept the result, and move on to the next shot with renewed excitement. Same thing with our leadership. There is no leader that ever lived that made the “right” call 100% of the time and we won’t either. When we do get the plan we need to commit to it, execute, and go forward from there with more confidence and faith in the next step.
4. Ignore The Peanut Gallery.
In golf we often get scared of looking funny in front of others. The reality is that they should be worried about their own game. The only thing that really matters is you, your ball, and your target. If we can go out and enjoy ourselves on the course without worrying about others, we will end up improving at a faster pace and have more fun doing it! Same thing in leadership. So many people are not even in the game but we worry about looking funny in front of them. Go out with the passion and enthusiasm to make a difference and let the peanut gallery talk to themselves.
5. Forget Perfection.
If we are going to strive to be “perfect” we will frustrate ourselves and rob our own enjoyment of the time on the course. The fancy shot usually gets people in trouble but the simple functional one goes towards the hole. In leadership it is often the daily “grind” that truly makes a great leader. Striving for perfection or a quick shortcut will only set us up for frustration and pull us out of the routines that may not be so flashy but will be effective over the long run.
I was taught that in anything to be truly good at that skill it takes around 10,000 hours. That’s 10,000 hours of the routine not the flashy. We need to learn to fail forward each time getting better, focused on creating the right habits and basics and not on the score we see in front of us.
I am certainly no golf pro but hopefully these lessons can help each of us grow further in our areas of leadership. We thank you for forwarding, commenting, liking, and whatever else you can do to share the big global mission of Next Level Leadership.