The other day I was invited out for a round of golf with a good friend and two others who I did not know previously. Now I am not a great golfer. I don’t play often enough to be consistent, much like a lot of the players out there. I hadn’t played in about six weeks in addition to the fact I was playing with two people I had not met before so I was a bit like the PGA player who is leading by one on the 18th hole on the final day of his first tournament. In other words a little distracted and my game showed it!
I started poorly but did improve a bit as time went on. After 16 holes, one of the new acquaintances came over to me after a particularly bad shot and suggested slowing my swing down a little. I think he had been watching the whole time and really could not hold back any longer. He had to say something! I tried it on the next two holes and it made quite a difference. I connected better and, what seems to be illogical to many, the ball went further.
How many of us in business try too hard? We get distracted, lose focus, move too quickly and miss steps in the process whether it is marketing, sales, or product development. We may hire too quickly, not giving thought to what really is needed for the position. We are eager to achieve our goal, sometimes too eager. We need to slow down and think it through.
As in golf, we will achieve more with less stress!
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