This week’s focus point…Simple & Complicated
This coming week, my daughters and I are heading over to nearby University Place (near Tacoma) to watch the Unites States Open being held at Chambers Bay Golf Course. It’s the first time our national championship has been held in the Pacific Northwest. Since the US Open always falls on Father’s Day weekend, my daughters and I have always watched it together. When it was announced that it would be held near us many years ago, we made a commitment to go. It’s hard to believe that day has come!
Chambers Bay is unlike any golf course many of these pros are used to playing. There is an unpredictability due to landscape, hole locations, and even par changes daily on certain holes. For as much discussion as there has been around that complexity, I heard one former pro turned analyst say, “In the end, the person that wins will have done so because they kept it simple. You have to focus on the fact that it’s still just golf.”
Turning complex into simple sounds simple, but it’s more complex than that. It’s truly a mindset. The analyst discussed the focus on the ball and the hole, rather than on the surroundings and distractions. In our careers, it’s very easy to focus on our own surroundings and distractions to the detriment on what we should be focusing on. That distraction causes us to make complicated what should be simple.
This week, identify what is simple about your work, your marketing, your messaging, and your outcomes. Then turn your focus on keeping it simple, so you can keep putting for birdies rather than bogeys.
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This week’s quote –
“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”
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Fathers Day for me is spent watching the final round of United Stated Open golf championship. As an avid golfer, I just love the U.S. Open and my kids love watching with me, and my wife is kind enough to tolerate it. As I was watching another dramatic finish, one of the commentators made a statement as a golfer was attempting an important short putt. He said, “He just needs to hit it with conviction.” The golfer did and the ball disappeared in the hole.
The champion of the tournament, Webb Simpson won because he played the round with the best conviction. Some players faltered down the stretch and allowed Simpson to be victorious by only one stroke. Here are the business and life lessons for you…
First, play life with conviction. Confidence, fearlessness, and passion win out more often than not. Being scared, cautious, and displaying lack of trust in yourself will leave you looking up at the “champion.” Second, you can win by the slimmest of margins and still be a champion. One stroke, a nose, an inch, a millisecond – all those are the margins that mean the difference between life altering success and anonymity. You don’t have to blow away the competition, you merely need to win by a stroke.
Be bold. Play hard. Do your best every day. Have conviction….
This week’s quote – “I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him, either.” ~ Arnold Palmer
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Rory McIlroy self-imploded on the back side of Augusta with the lead at the Masters. He lost a 4-shot lead and at 21 years old could have easily gone in the tank. For a young man from Northern Ireland, this was a crisis in confidence.
Today, McIlroy came all the way back with a huge bounce and destroyed the field in the United States Open. He broke records and lapped the field.
Responding to crisis is what this young man did. After the Masters, he was humble and got back to working on his game, including calling past champions like Jack Nicklaus to get advice. His next opportunity was not wasted.
Responding to crisis often means simply bouncing back from adversity with grace and skill.
Just like Rory McIlroy…
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