I love playing and watching golf on television. I was mesmerized by the PGA Championship yesterday as I watched Collin Morikawa in one of the majors in professional golf. One of the things that most impress me about all these players is the ability to focus on the “next shot.”

You may not think of golf as a team sport, but it is. In order to win a championship like Mr. Morikawa did yesterday, you need people around you. He has a caddie, coaches (several), family and friends that support him both on and off the course. Here’s the thing…in the end, it’s up to him and him alone to hit the golf shot.

Golf is hard. Hitting a golf ball is hard. I’ve been playing this game for 42 years now, and I’m still learning. But one thing I know is this…it takes a tremendous discipline to take in information and focus on the “next shot.”

Every great golfer hits a bad shot once in awhile. What differentiates professionals from amateurs is that they have the ability to move past the bad shot and focus on the next one. They take in information from their trusted advisor, make the best decision possible, commit, and play. Amateurs have nobody to help, guess at the next play, and then hope for the best.

The latter example is what amateurs in business do. When it comes to making important decisions on both growing and protecting one’s business, going at it on your own with a hope and prayer is negligent to your business , your employees, and your continued profitability. The savvy professionals use trusted advisors to make decisions. Those trusted advisors can be either internal or external; they provide guidance on key issues related to Human Resources, Technology, Business Continuity, Finance, and Strategic Planning, just to name a few.

Just like golf, business leaders need to count on solid information and guidance, and then commit and make the tough decisions. Some will be right and some will be wrong. The most important thing is that regardless of the success of the previous decision, the “next shot” requires full discipline, guidance, and focus.

Your business can’t be solely emotional. You need to have the focus and discipline. The right shot may not always be the most fun; but most often it’s the most courageous.

These are crazy, unprecedented, and uncertain times. Get great advice and then make the best decision possible. Commit and go with it. More often than not, you will be right. Often, you will mis-hit. Commit to learning, forgetting, andmaking the next shot the best ever.

Be unleashed and be well.

Quote of the Day:

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

~ Mother Teresa

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