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Golf and Business

Spring Has Almost Arrived

Green grass. Fresh flowers. Warm air. Can only mean one thing; Spring has arrived! Spring is a time for growth both personally and professionally. Over the years, I have learned many lessons on the golf course that transfer beautifully to business life. Let these lessons help you grow, both as a golfer and as a business owner.

1. Have a clear, calm mind. De-clutter! Spring is a time for cleansing. Get out your golf bag, and make sure that you have only what you need for the upcoming season. Clean your clubs, organize. Make sure that stack of papers on your desk gets cleared now. Address things that you have been avoiding in order to create peace in your life.

2. Intention: Know what you want to achieve and remain positive and focused on that goal. Before each round of golf, set goals that are measureable and attainable (e.g. breaking 90, no 3-putts). Be sure to review these goals and understand why you met or failed to meet them. In business, we need to set targets & goals as well. More importantly is reviewing these goals on weekly and monthly basis to make our growth measurable and predictable. Set goals that are attainable, but aim high. You can achieve only what you set your mind to.

3. Utilize the tools you have. In golf, we have 14 clubs, each with different specialized features and roles. Relate this to your business. Delegate to people in your community. Develop new business relationships while freeing up time to do what you do best. Just as you wouldn’t use your driver from the greenside bunker, use the Chamber of Commerce, your lawyer, accountant and graphic designer to allow your business to run smoothly.

4. Focus on the present. In golf, one of the most important things is to focus in present time consciousness. Forget that bad shot last hole. Don’t worry about the next hole or tomorrow. You have about 3 seconds to execute a shot, focus is imperative. In business, focus on today. Being in business is about the journey, not the end result. Each day, focus on and appreciate your office, your staff and your clients. Focusing will provide you more satisfaction and greater success in golf and business alike.

5. Have fun. Golf is a game. Sure it can be taken seriously, but it is designed for enjoyment. Being outside in beautiful surroundings, enjoying your friends, who could ask for more? Being in business should be the same. Have fun each day! Laugh with your staff. Take them for lunch. Get to know clients personally, and enjoy the journey together.

6. Get fit for optimal energy. Golfers have only very recently become considered athletes. They follow strict dietary and workout regimes. As business owners, we need to do the same. If you want to exude vitality, and never feel tired during those late afternoon meetings, we need to take care of our bodies. Visit your local chiropractor regularly. Consult a personal trainer. Have a Naturopathic Doctor look at your diet. Put energy into your physique to maximize your gains in both golf and business life.

Dr. Mark Guker is the owner of ReAlign Health, located on Eagle Street in Cambridge. Learn more at http://www.realignhealth.com .