Last week, I played the Boulder Chamber Golf Tournament at Lake Valley Golf Club. It was my best game of golf to date, well actually, it was my first full game of golf ever! Ramblin Jackson was a hole sponsor and also sponsored 2 teams of golfers. Team 1 consisted of Ed Minnick, the owner of Meyers Heating and Air Conditioning, Scott O’Sullivan, owner of O’Sullivan Law Firm, Scott Deemer, Owner of Outdoor Craftsmen, and myself. Our second team had Zak Barron of Barron Family Dental, Brett Ramberg, the owner of iSupportU, Jamie Hess, the owner of Indian Peaks Automotive, and Dale Traxler, the husband of our WordPress Security expert, Cynthia, playing alongside one another.
During the tournament, I learned that playing golf is a lot like running a business. There are a lot of highs and great things to get excited about, but there are also a lot of lows, like hitting a ball so bad that you hit a house or landing a shot in a lake. During the tournament, Ed Minnick and I got to talking about how golf is a lot like running a business, so I invited him to share lesson he learned that can relate to both golf and your business…
Your Golf Game and Business’ Success Rely on Preparation
When we come out to play golf, we expect everything to go well. We want to drive the ball to the green and sink our putts. In fact, a lot of the time we hope… Ed said that he always hears people out on the course hoping that they sink a putt or hope they land on the green, but when asked about how much preparation they did, many of them say they just play a few times a year. Ed’s response to those people is how can you expect to play well (or succeed in business) if you don’t put in the practice and preparation?
Hoping and Planning Are NOT the Same Thing
You can hope that your golf game is going to go well and you can hope that your business is going to do well, but the behaviors and activities that you do before game time are what make a difference. You can do all the hoping you want, but those of us who have prepared and planned things out are almost always going to be more successful than those who are just hoping things will work out.
Our businesses are the most important things to us. Golf is just a game, but our businesses are our livelihood and make it so that we can golf. So, if you are wanting to have success in your business, you need to sit down right now and plan things out. Practice your trade, have a strategy for the year and the next five years. It’s time to stop hopping for success and start planning for success. If you can be prepared when it is game time, I guarantee you will have a better golf game and a better business!
Join Us at Our Book Launch Party!
Join us on Thursday, June 21st as we celebrate the launch of Jack’s new book, Get FOUND Online: The Local Business Owner’s Guide to Digital Marketing with the Boulder Chamber at the Bohemian Biergarten!
We’ll be celebrating the launch of the book with light appetizers and drinks, live music, networking, and a short presentation from Jack and some of the clients that helped inspire many of the ideas in the book.
BONUS: register now for the book launch party and we’ll send you an exclusive free chapter of the book today!