Why take up playing golf?

 

Why take up playing golf?

 

I began playing golf six years ago. The first thing I remember about the day I registered as a member is the sensation of entering a different world, full of peace, harmony and beauty. And to this day, even when I’m exhausted and stressed out, as soon as I pass the gateway into the club I leave all that behind me: I start breathing more deeply, relaxing myself and feeling my energy return.

 

I find golf somehow very zen, because it allows you to reach an interior state of “relaxed concentration” whose end result is that your mind empties itself and rediscovers its inner balance. It’s no easy thing, though, to attain this state of grace, and especially at the beginning I personally found it almost impossible: I’m a very demanding person, a perfectionist, so I don’t easily accept mistakes, above all when they’re made by me.

 

In golf, perfection does not exist: it’s more like a whole series of approximations which may or may not add up to skilful play. Anyone who takes up this sport finds themselves having to deal with the fact that they will make mistakes. But the fundamental thing is that you can reduce the margin
of error, through physical but also mental technique, and thus gradually improve your play.

 

Often you can play excellently one day and miserably the next, for the simple reason that everything depends on our mood, our psychological swings, our attitude, where even tiny variants can lead to the body responding in very different ways.

 

My wise golf teacher never tired of reminding me of one vital lesson in golf, as in so many aspects of life: it’s a wonderful feeling when you perform superbly on “a perfect day”, when inner harmony and strength blend together, but when you succeed in playing reasonably well on a day when everything seems against you, that’s an even greater achievement.

 

I have applied this new ‘golf-inspired’ approach at work as well… initially without even realising it. My work consists of finding better and quicker ways to handle company projects. I focus on work flow analysis, the search for alternative solutions, problem solving and training. Frequently I find myself in situations of intense anxiety caused by an accumulation of too much work and/or the problem of finding solutions to problems. I can now see that applying my golf philosophy to work has improved things enormously.

 

How?
Lesson number 1:
Golf -> if you concentrate too much on the ball when you are preparing your swing, your muscles tighten and the shot will be poor
Work -> if you concentrate too much on a problem your mind tightens up and you won’t find the solution

 

So:

 

You must have faith that your body knows how to execute the right movement, and allow it to do so freely. By analogy, if you have faith in your professional competence, the solution will come naturally.

 

Lesson number 2:
Golf -> mistakes are inevitable, learning how to handle them is what makes the difference between a good golfer and a potentially good golfer
Work -> a mistake isn’t the end of the world, especially if you realise that it is a mistake

 

Quindi:

 

You can learn a lot from your mistakes. In golf, they can help you decide on your next shot, and in work they can help you understand what alternative strategy you can adopt to solve a problem.

 

These two very simple lessons can help shape greater self-awareness, both physically and mentally, which in turn can help shape greater confidence in your skills. Not only that. You can also learn from them how to dose your energy better, therefore channelling your strength better, in order to achieve more goals with more precision and in less time. To put it in a different way, you can succeed in expressing your inner harmony in your work and outside it.

 

The answer to the question at the beginning – “Why take up playing golf?” – is that golf is a good way of improving our personality by creating harmony and balance, which is then inevitably reflected in your game, in your personal life and in your work.

 

The only problem with all this is that golf can create dependence… try it and you’ll see 🙂

 

 

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