Anyone who has played golf knows it to be a humbling game, but it’s also rich with lessons for life and business. Recently I’ve been working on my putting. My goal is to keep my number of putts in a round of 18 holes under 30. In business we call that a key performance indicator (KPI) and I’ve simply set a specific goal to improve it. So what should I focus on?
Focus on improving one thing at a time – there are plenty of other aspects of my game I could work on – longer drives, keeping the ball on the fairway, or hitting the greens in regulation to name a few. Naturally I do my best in all of those areas, but I’ve learned not to spread myself too thin by trying to work on all of them. My priority is putting so I keep my focus there
Focus on the process not the result – Every outcome in golf and business is generated by a process. For me to putt well, I go through a process of reading the green, lining up the putt and judging how hard I will hit the ball. These various steps make up the process of my putt. The key is, once I’ve done all that I must let go of the outcome and place all of my focus on striking the ball just right.
Focus on the present – They say “the best athletes have short memories” because they forget mistakes quickly and keep their focus on what’s going on right now. The last shot is over, and all of my focus needs to be on the one I’m playing. Too much time in the future, thinking about my total score or worrying about what I just did, robs me of valuable energy.
Take this concept into your business and ask yourself a couple of key questions. What one thing am I currently focused on improving? In order to improve that what one thing am I focused on right now.
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Coaching in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.