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One shot at a time

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Running a company is an awesome job, as there are so many new things to learn every day, but also many challenges. Great opportunities often appear, and with those come more risk and responsibility, which can become overwhelming.

We are currently receiving coaching on how to structure and run our business in a better way, as we always want to optimise our output. This is an ongoing process which forces us to think about our goals and values, not only for the business, but also on a personal level.

There is so much to think about after each session that I almost feel overloaded with information, and wonder how on earth we’ll be able to put all that theory into practice.

In times like these, I like falling back to my mental thought process from the golf, and focus on the simple process of taking one shot at a time. It may sound like a no-brainer, but it is actually something that requires a lot of mental strength and training to pull off.

If I’m having a good round and suddenly hit a streak of bad shots that should put me on tilt, I have to not let it get to my head. I will block out negative thoughts and only focus on the next shot. I won’t focus on the nasty long par-5 coming up, or the previous hole where I three-putted. I’ll only focus on my current target. Ball. Target.

This obviously doesn’t work for every shot, but over time I have become a much more steady player, and weeded out many high scores I had before. Even if I have a bad round, which is inevitable, the score will be a lot lower with this type of approach.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, try to focus on one task at a time, one day at a time. You’ll reach your goal a lot faster this way.