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Golf Teaches Us to Overcome Adversity

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Jenn Harris
CEO of 'High Heel Golfer'

Series: New Golfer

Published: Friday, December 04, 2015 | 2:27 p.m.

Face it, we make mistakes in business, in life and we have bad golf holes.

How we overcome this adversity is what makes us better men and women.

Just recently I played a golf course in San Diego for work with a client and shot birdie, par, snowman, snowman, double bogey, bogey, double bogey, par, 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 even better than before?

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

  1. 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.
  2. Distract Yourself: I begin to focus on my surroundings, the trees, the ocean, my playing partners. I ask them questions to take the focus off of myself. In business, I dive into my work to make my products or services even better.
  3. Be Hopeful: In life and on the golf course, I forgive myself and look for the strength to overcome my failures and to believe in myself again.
  4. Have Confidence: Believe in yourself and fake it till you make it. Golf and business are mind games, and if we have the confidence, we will succeed.

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

Written by contributing author, Jenn Harris, of High Heel Golfer.