It sounded so simple…
I was talking with a friend who played collegiate golf. He is impressive in his shots and patience with those of us who are learning the game. He was telling about a friend of his who is on the professional tour, when he smiled and asked, “Have you ever seen a professional on practice day?” My turn to smile – I have never been to a professional tournament. What does a pro do during the practice rounds.
“While most people visualize a hole from the tee box to the green, a pro will work from the green to the tee box. They work their way backwards.” In other words, they start on the green and take a lot of time learning all the nuances of the green based on where the holes will be during the tournament. Then, they go to the fairway to look at the fairway and landing areas for their approach shots. Finally, they make their way back to the tee box to know what club they need to reach the middle shots.
Great advice for all of us. When we work our way backwards, we start by identifying what the final goal is. Like the terrain of the green, we should be able to visualize the different characteristics of great results in the end. Then, we should be able to state the milestones that will help us approach the end results with the greatest assurance of success. Realizing there are more than “one way to the cup,” we will look at different landing areas or contingencies that could come up along the way. Finally, we look at our starting point and identify what initial steps will set us on the path for a good run at our goal.
Try it! Pick a goal or something you are working on and “work your way backward.” You may be surprised how easy it is to begin when you see it from the end.