As I write my first blog I think, “What game has had the most influence in my life?” of course it is the game of golf. Growing up learning to golf has been one of the greatest challenges and rewards of my life. It has helped shape me into the young business driven, Native American woman I am today.
One games etiquette’s are able to form many quality characteristics into men and women alike, that I believe can and do create success in the business world.
Cheyenne Woods, professional golfer on the LPGA Tour.
Being a professional golfer is like being a business manager. The business world is filled with many opportunities and challenges, much like you’d see on a golf course. An executive should approach business like a professional golfer would approach the next big PGA or LPGA Tour/Open.
Practice makes perfect in all aspects of life. To be prepared and feel confident in the decisions you are making you should analyze your swing and your mentality. This can be compared to things such as: assessing your habits, your attitude, your learning, and honing of skill through higher education, professional and social experiences.
During my senior year in high school I took a sports psychology class. I was also captain of the women’s golf team and had been ranking high in all-state, for my fourth consecutive year. This class helped me realize and learn one of the most important factors of success, visualization.
Whether it is in golf or in business, visualization is a key factor in success. When you can envision the coming next few minutes, your next shot, or the future you want for your self, you will be more likely to succeed. A few other factors of success are:
On the Tour
Although you have your caddie and coaches, compiling data and giving you information, like your support staff and Board members; you are the one calling the shots. You have the tough decisions to make, the choice to choose what club is going to be best for the play at hand. Executives must try to make the best decision they can from any situation they find themselves and their companies in.
“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from bad shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.”
– Bobby Jones
This brings me to an important ideal in golf, that is to be sure you play the game with the integrity it was designed. This ideal should be just as valid in the business world. If you are to live with integrity and honesty, others will see the characteristics of the great leader you truly are.
Putt to Win
As you come to the end of each hole, each decision, your greater character defines the business you are. Best stated by professional golfer Ben Hogan, “The most important shot is the next one”.
People who are able to remain calm under pressure, never lose their temper and think strategically are rewarded by the game; these are all virtues in business too. With vision and precision you will succeed.
Michelle Wie after she won her first golf major championship at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open
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