Let me say this at the beginning, golf is not my sport!
I have tried and tried but my golf shot looks more like an Australian Boomerang than it does a golf shot.
Several years ago, while pursuing the pages of Golf Digest, I happened upon a fascinating article on golfing better by playing each hole backwards. The article was simple. Before taking the first swing, picture where each shot should be from the hole backwards. Instead of planning to crush each ball as hard as you can create a picture of where you want to be at the end of the hole and work backwards.
Sounds weird, right?
Well, begin working from the hole backwards. Start with a two-foot putt, to missing the sand trap, to a 50 yard pitching wedge and so on, all the way back to the tee-box. You draw a picture from your goal to your present state instead of your present state to the goal.
The same principles you can use to play golf, from the hole backwards, can be applied to setting the goals in your life.
Viewing your life backwards enables you do to several things:
- You Begin Each Shot with the Goal in Mind! – You should begin each day with your goal in mind. Ask yourself each day “is what I am doing now going to help me reach my goal?” If you cannot answer in the affirmative, you might need to change direction.
- You Create Small Goals of Achievement! – Each step you create as you look from the goal backwards provides you with goal setting along the way. You are creating greater goals because you are starting from the finish (You can call it pacing yourself).
- You Examine Obstacles at the Beginning – As a golfer would see sand traps, water hazards and other obstacles, you will view life’s hazards you will need to overcome. Remember, you will not see everyone, but you will see some to plan for from the beginning.
- You Personalize Your Dream – Look at the place where you wish to be in 20 years and plan the steps to get there, make it a powerful reality and it becomes something you want to share with those around you.
So, where will you be in 20 years?
Better yet, where will you be at the end of 2019?
Start today and work backwards.
To your success,