Golf & Business » Overcoming Adversity in Golf and Business

We make mistakes in business, and we have bad golf holes. And, it is how we overcome this adversity that makes us better business men and women.

Just recently, I played the Bridges in San Diego and shot birdie, par, snowman, snowman, double bogey, bogey, double bogey, par, and birdie. The beginning and end were awesome, but it was the middle parts that were a little rocky. What that round showed my client was that even though it took me 6 holes to bounce back, I still came back and finished strong. In business, it is just the same. If you bomb a presentation, do you follow it up with a string of other poor performances or do you take that failure as a challenge to make everything else at work even better than before?

Here are 4 tricks to help you overcome adversity a little quicker:

Stay Calm: I like to take a few yoga breaths and focus on my intention. In golf, I ask myself the question, “Is it all about my score or the relationships I’m building with my playing partners and clients?” In business, I take a deep breath and remember the mission or purpose when bad comments roll in.

Distraction: I begin to focus on my surroundings, the trees, the ocean, my playing partners. I ask them questions to take the focus off myself. In business, I dive into my work to make my products or services even better.

Hope: In life and on the golf course, sometimes I even bring a higher power into things. I ask for the strength to overcome my failures and to believe in myself again.

Confidence: Believe in yourself and fake it till you make it. Golf and business are mind games. If we have the confidence, we will succeed.

With these 4 tricks, you will be bouncing back and overcoming adversity in no time!

If you have any questions or advice, please comment below!


Headshot-Jenn-Harris-BlogAbout Jenn Harris

Jenn Harris is on a mission to get more female executives to win respect, rewards, and sales through the game of golf. Recognizing how the game boosted her own career, she now shares how to make more green on the green through bimonthly contributions to PGA.com, Webinars, seminars, and private corporate training.

Her unique approach was also featured in the BBC, San Diego Union Tribune, Daily Worth, and dozens of local media.

Jenn is available for Personal Golf & Business Game Plans to get you up and running quickly with clients on the golf course. Visit the Menu of Services Page to explore Jenn’s services.

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