Life, in all its beautiful richness and breadth, continuously provides lessons in great leadership. The game of golf is no exception. Sara Doell, Coach of Seton Hall’s Women’s Golf Team, three time Big East Coach of the year and LPGA National Coach of the Year, shared nine lessons about life and leadership she learned from golf.
In introducing them she said: “As a college coach, my role is not just to teach the team the mechanics of the game of golf. It is my job to lead them through the trials and tribulations that this sport gives you, and teach them to be tougher, stronger, smarter, positive and to build their character through sport. I believe that true leaders help others to see the good in everything and teach them to embrace growth and change. So I share with you 9 lessons Lesson I have learned and am hopeful that the athletes that I am fortunate enough to coach are learning the same lessons through this humble game we call golf.”
Golf: Sometimes you hit the perfect shot right down the middle of the fairway and your ball ends up in a divot. How you react to that ball in the divot can define the rest of your round.
Life: Some days, you have an adverse situation and how you react to that adverse situation, can define the rest of your day, your week or even your year.
Golf: A two foot putt counts the same as a 300 yard drive so take your time when “tapping it in.”
Life: Pay attention to the little things because they matter as much as the big things.
Golf: People won’t remember what you shot but they will remember the character you showed on the golf course.
Life: In life, people may not remember how many of a product you sold, how much money you made or what your accomplishments were but they will remember the way you made them feel.
Golf: If you shoot 80 for 18 holes, you only spend 1 minute and 20 seconds of actual golf swing execution. You better find a way to keep your mind and body calm for the other 3 hours, 58 minutes and 40 seconds!
Life: Staying calm in strenuous situations can lead to the best results. Know when to focus and when to give your mind a break!
Golf: The best round of golf are full of good misses as not every golf shot can or will be hit perfectly. It is the golfer that manages the mishits the best, wins.
Life: Stop striving for perfection and start striving for excellence.
Golf: The shot you are hitting must be hit with the next shot in mind.
Life: Decisions you make now will effect what you do next.
Golf: You hit the best golf shots when you have the least amount of thoughts in your head and can keep your focus on the target.
Life: Overthinking can cause worry, stress and doubt. Keep your mind clear and focus on what matters.
Golf: You are not your golf score. You can shoot 68 on Saturday and 88 on Sunday so do not define yourself by what you shot. Define yourself by the effort you put out.
Life: Be Humble when things are great and hopeful when things are tough.
Golf: You can hit a great golf shot and a gust of wind comes up and moves your ball off target and into a bunker. You cannot control the wind. You can control your reactions.
Life: Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t.
Quoting Bobby Jones, Doell said: “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.” No matter what life hands great leaders as the result of their decisions and actions, they know they own it and they continue to improve to play their best game ever. As Sam Snead said: “In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.”
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!