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Life Lessons from the Game of Golf

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I've always thought that the game of golf can teach us many life lessons. I've listed a few of them below here.
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I played my first round of golf of the season yesterday.

I know it's July, but for one reason or another I haven't been out to play a round this year.

Although my game was a little less than perfect, I had a fantastic day on the course. I've always thought that the game of golf can teach us many life lessons. I've listed a few of them below:

1) Practice Makes Us Better

Golf is no different than most things in life, the more you practice, the better you get, period. You wouldn't dream of delivering a big presentation without reviewing the material and practicing beforehand, same holds true for golf.

2) You Are 100% Accountable For Your Results

You can learn alot from listening to the people you play golf with. After a bad shot ,do they blame themselves, the wind, the club, the weather (insert your own excuse)?

Get into the habit of taking 100% responsibility for the results in your life, and not making excuses.

3) You Perform Best When You Are Relaxed

Remember your best round of golf this year? I bet you were totally "in the zone" and relaxed. It's no wonder that the guy who rushes from his car to the first tee, checks his messages between shots, is not going to have a good game.

4) Know Where You Want to Go

The best golf advice I ever received was short and simple, pick and spot where you want your ball to land before you swing, and focus on that spot. It's sounds obvious, but often people just go and swing the club without deciding first where they want the ball to go.

The same thing holds true in life, as Stephen Covey, the author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" says, "Begin with the end in mind".

5) Let It Go

In every round we are going to make some less than perfect shots, the key is to let it go and forgot about it quickly. The option is to keep that bad shot, and the feelings of frustration with us, and guess what, it will only lead to more frustration and poor shots.

Same holds true in life, learn from your mistakes, and move on.

Can't wait to get back on the course really soon!

Shawn Shepheard has worked extensively in the career development field, including recruitment, customer service, career management and leadership training. He is also a celebrated inspirational speaker and was named the 2008 Volunteer of the year from the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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