Golf is more than an entertaining sport. It is actually a way for people to learn and master skills that will enable them to be better at the game of life. That sounds cheesy, right. But when you really think about it, there are key social and psychological elements of golfing that will help make us more professional workers and, ultimately, better people.
“If you are doubting the value of spending an afternoon putting, driving and, for some, searching for wayward balls, you should realize that golf is an activity that is very personal,” notes Lee Rosen, avid golfing enthusiast who spends most his time on the green when he’s not busy being the CEO of Miami-based revolutionary company Healthy Bees LLC.
Here are 5 golfing skills that will help you win at work.
“Golf teaches us that even when things don’t go our way, we still have to carry on,” says Lee Rosen. The same goes for a day at the office. You can’t let one bad shot take control of your day. You simply pick everything up and continue to push forward. This enduring attitude will also inspire others to do the same and improve their game.
- Respect and courtesy
If you’re playing a round of golf with some people, that is a basic show of respect, mostly because one round can take up a lot of your time. When you allocate a fraction of your busy schedule to be with someone, it means that you respect him or her or find value in this connection. Also, treat others the way you want to be treated. When others are taking their shot on the course, accord them the attention or silence so they can get the job done.
- Honesty and Integrity
The golf course has no referees and the players will be responsible for recording their own points, including penalties. By being accountable for your own actions and projecting the right conduct on the course, you gain the respect of your co-players and the golfing day ends on a positive note. Nobody wants to hang out with someone who cuts corners at play or at work. Etiquette and behavior are very important.
“When you are not confident about your swing, it will show on your performance,” adds Lee Rosen. “Confidence is a highly important trait when it comes to making business decisions or dealing with people at the office.” If you shortchange yourself, your colleagues and bosses likely will, too.
Golf is both a game of skill and smart decision-making. This level of strategy-making is something that could be useful at the office. Every time you tee off, you’ve already played out the scenario of where your ball is likely to land. In terms of the workplace, with every action taken, think about how it will affect the rest of the individuals on the team and the company itself. Thinking ahead and planning your move gives you a better chance at emerging a winner every time.
Overall, golf is a mental sport with formulas that will help us be better as individuals and as professionals. “So, if you see a business opportunity, think about all the time you spent playing golf and see that all of the patience and hard work was all worth it,” notes Lee Rosen.