4 Lessons Golf Taught Me About Achieving Your Goals
Do you have a goal that feels so big, that you have no idea how to begin reaching for it?
You see other people getting the things you want, but you can’t seem to figure out what it is that they are doing differently.
You’ve tried everything, you’ve even copied the so called ‘gurus’, and yet you fall flat on your face every time.
Well, I’ve felt that way too.
Years ago, not long after I started working in my current organisation, I wanted to climb the ‘corporate ladder’. Problem was, I didn’t have a University degree or any tertiary background to convince management that I was ready or able to take that next step up.
The thought of studying for up to 3 years just in the hope of receiving a promotion was daunting. I was frustrated, without a clue or any idea of how to move forward.
Determined to succeed and push ahead in my career, I stumbled across the game of golf, and found that it not only boosted my career but also my ability to reach my goals. I wanted to move up two levels and secure a Supervisor position, but always thought those jobs were reserved for the University or College graduates.
However, with the skills that I learned from playing golf (such as getting a defined target, training needs, patience and overcoming failure) I was able to secure a Supervisor position and get to where I wanted to be in the organisation.
Here are 4 important lessons that golf has taught me about achieving your goals.
Set a defined target to chase
Golf is all about numbers. You write down your scores and add them all up at the end of the round, and hope to shoot as low as possible.
When I first start playing golf it was all about breaking the magical 100 mark. The thought of shooting 99 or lower to me was like the holy grail of the game. It gave me a target and something to aspire to achieve that kept driving me every round I played.
That goal was always there in the back of my mind, and I wanted it really bad. Heck, shooting a score in 2 numbers instead of 3 made me feel like I was one step closer to shooting a round in the 60’s or 70’s, just like my favourite golf professional, Greg Norman.
I eventually shot the magical 99 (actually 98 the first time I broke it) through practice, hard work and patience as discussed below. But, without knowing that target in the beginning, I probably would never have gotten there, as I would have had nothing to aim for.
In my organisation back in the corporate world, I commenced at a level called AO2, which was the entry level position for new starters. My goal was to reach a position 2 levels higher at an AO4 position, which meant I got to supervise my own team.