I am standing over the 18th green with 12 feet between me and my best score ever. I've carefully analyzed the break and taken several practice strokes to get the feel of the speed I'll need. Two months ago I decided to learn to play golf for the first time in my life. All this was a mystery and at times overwhelming. Now I am on the green in three strokes and a par score is within my grasp. I putt and the ball seems headed straight towards the pin – my goodness this could be a birdie! Will it go in?
Is it the score that is important? Is there more I can learn from this experience? I have been told, reading putting greens is one of the hardest skills in golf to learn. You can practice your golf swing, and even you’re putting stroke, but the only way to learn to read greens is through experience.
Many endeavors in life are like this. First we have to learn the fundamentals and develop a sound foundation.Once we have the basics under our belt, we can fine tune our approach and develop the skills so we can eventually stand out above the crowd, whether in sports or in business.
Two months ago I would practice with bucket after bucket of balls just pounding the top of the ball. Golf pro Richie Packish at Spanish Wells Country Club helped me soften my “vice like grip” and one day the ball actually lifted up into the air instead of pounding into the ground. I had the “feeling” of the stroke and I was on my way.
This process of learning new skills is the same in business. You start your own business and through trial and error you try to make a go of it. Your original business plans may not really pan out the way you envisioned. You let go of the fundamentals and this has led to the feeling that the business has a life of its own. The business is controlling you instead of you controlling the business.
ISL Financial believes in checking the foundation first before trying to make improvements on the whole structure. We have worked with successful businesses of all sizes and we know that lasting success is built upon a sound foundation. The development of a proper internal business process begins with a good set of books.
Once the fundamentals are in place we use the 4e Advantage to develop customized strategies and action plans. The 4e Advantage is a process we developed based upon specialized training and over 25 years of experience working with small and medium size businesses. I hired a pro to teach me the fundamentals of golf. With each lesson I realized I was getting the benefit of the Pro’s years of playing experience as well as practice tips. I am developing good habits right from the start that will give me a competitive edge.
Learning to play golf requires clarity of purpose and the ability to focus on my goals. I practice the fundaments several times a week. In my last lesson I learned the skill of reading the blades of grass on the green. An experienced expert can help us avoid pitfalls and develop skills we would never learn by ourselves. Learning only from trial and error is costly and time consuming. I could have practiced day and night on my putting and it would never have dawned on me to read the blades of grass and adjust my stroke accordingly. I gained valuable insights from Richie, the PGA golf pro that it would have taken me a long time to develop, if ever.
Some putting gurus will tell you putting is a science. Others say it's an art. I think it's a skill, that can be learned. A skill can be improved through practice, experience and concentration.
ISL Financial Advisors say the same thing about succeeding in business. It is a skill that takes experience developed through clarity of purpose and focus on achievement of goals. A highly trained expert can help you learn to “read the blades of grass” in your business! Using a “pro” saves you time and money!