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What’s Your Game Plan?

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson says choosing the right shot is the first step on the road to success. To find success one must strive to choose the best shot for the situation. In regards to business, instead of taking the right shot, decide on a “game plan.” The “game plan” could be anything from choosing a business strategy to hiring a team to help get your vision off the ground. The “plan” that’s the right fit for your business in a particular situation can be different from what is right for another business in a similar situation. In the game of golf look closely, you may see how the lessons you learn on the golf course could directly impact your entrepreneurial career.

“The only way to win tournaments is the short game. Over half your shots out here are within 30 or 40 yards. Ballstriking is where I’m trying to improve, yes, but more to eliminate big numbers than make birdies.” -Phil Mickelson

You Will Work HARDER Than You Ever Thought

Entrepreneurs have one thing in common, inexperience. No one knows how tough running their own business is until they do it. Let’s face it, running a business is hard but you can make it easier with the right perspective. The best experience is DOING. So start today! Be patient, and don’t forget the more you practice, the better you will become. How do you think professional golfers achieve their level of success and accomplishment? They have GOALS that pull them forward. They have a GAME PLAN for achieving those goals. They put in the DAILY, CONSISTENT EFFORT, and are DEDICATED to themselves, their goals, the game plan, and they promise themselves they won’t quit. You will not find a successful golfer or business professional that did not put these strategies into play.

Strategy Is Key

When watching professional tournaments, you’ll see players and caddies walking and playing a “practice round” before the tournament begins. After analyzing the golf course, the best of the best will carefully develop a “strategy” or “game plan” for every hole and how they want to play it. This “game plan” helps eliminate reactive decisions and keeps them focused on the “big picture.” The same can be said about running a business.

Find Your Strengths

Ever wonder why professional golfers don’t carry their golf bag? Because that’s not their “job,” at least not during a tournament. Have you ever stopped to wonder why that is? It’s not their strength. The golfer needs to focus on playing the game in as few strokes as possible. Many caddies are excellent golfers; their “power” comes from “strategizing” the shot with the player, and building confidence rather than taking the shot his/herself. Business owners need “caddies” too. Surround yourself with people who inspire you to function at your highest level, and know your “strength” and maximize it, and know the “strength” of your people and maximize that too!

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I’ll let you in on a little secret. No golfer has played a perfect round. The truth is you will always make mistakes on the golf course, as in life. The greatest rounds have missed shots and missed opportunities. The key is to stay focused and not let those bad shots turn into more bad shots. If you are running your own business, there will be some “bad shots.” The important factor is to stay focused on your “game plan” and don’t let a “bad shot” ruin your day, or discourage you.

Start Slow, Finish Strong

Business owners, particularly entrepreneurs, can exhaust themselves without a plan of attack. Doub can over-power your mind; a “game-plan” helps to avoid this pitfall. The trick is sticking, trusting, and adjusting the plan if needed. Golf fanatics will tell you championships are decided “on the back nine,” which means continue to follow your game plan, adjust as needed, don’t give up, and finish strong.

Owning your own business will be one of the toughest things you will ever do. The beginning might be rough, not how you imagined, time-consuming, and frustrating, but that’s part of the fun. Don’t give up, if you put in daily work towards your goals, and remember to dream big; you will be successful. The journey is the success and what you learn along the way, priceless!

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  • Reply
    Tandy Elisala
    August 5, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Great article. This reminds me about the importance of going slow to go fast. It’s important to take time to reflect and do things for us. That ultimately helps all areas of our life.

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      Sheryl Scott
      August 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you!! I also love the “go slow to go fast.”

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    Melanie Boylan
    August 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I really felt uplifted reading this and it made me think of the trials I have had over the past few years to get where I am today, I have been very lucky though to have such terrific support from my family. Happy to share this!

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      Sheryl Scott
      August 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      I love “trials” they keep you getting better!!

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    Meghan Monaghan
    August 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Really needed to read this today! I’m all about having a plan and having systems in place. But, as a new FT business owner, I’m having to adjust the plan quite frequently, which is stressing me out! My dad is an avid golfer, so I appreciated this angle, especially since he’s constantly reminding how much mindset is not only important in golf but also in life. 🙂

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    Celea Star
    August 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Great Analogy! Mindset – important philosophy is what is in my own head? What do I believe to be true? I do believe we get what we think. It would be a shame to quit, just when there was going to be a breakthrough!

    I believe, practice values, study game plan, keep giving value everywhere, and sincere appreciation. Life is fun when we let it be. Business is fun when we let it be fun. In the beginning, more time is needed to grow the baby, however, as time moves forward, game plan, action in place, less time will be required. However, continually feeding the mind, to continually grow will be needed.

    Thank you.

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    Apolline Adiju
    August 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    ” Stay focused on your game plan” A lesson I just learned from your article. Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

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    August 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    What’s your game plan? Excellent question that has helped me question a few things.

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    August 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

    As my boys were growing up, they played golf via a life skills program. So many skills learned in golf transfer; a great analogy, and great tips.

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    Marie Leslie
    August 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Great advice. Make a game plan, know what you’re getting into, don’t rush it and stay focused. Whether it’s golf, life or your own business, you can’t go wrong with this strategy.

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    Holly Jean
    August 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Great post! Strategy is key!! I marked your page to look for your next post!

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    Carol Rundle
    August 8, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Some great insight into being an entrepreneur. I’ve found it’s so important to have focus and not let “shiny object syndrome” distract you.

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    Katarina Andersson
    August 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Goid analogy Sheryl, and to make comparison with a sport is a goid way to exolain how you always need a strategy. And that you should not be afraid to try and fail and try again…and so forth.

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    Stacey Myers
    August 11, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Having a game plan is so important. I know when I don’t have my eye on something I just plod along. When I have a game plan set out then everything takes on a whole new feel – like moving to a new level.

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