Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by all the noise telling you what to eat, buy, or do at the start of every New Year?
Yeah, I thought so.
It seems like every year, the pressure to start becoming a skinnier-busier-healthier-wealthier version of yourself becomes so overbearing that by the time February rolls around, keeping up with all those big new things can feel exhausting. But despite what all the New Year’s buzz around self-improvement would have you believe, goal-setting can be done at any time and involve just about anything.
It may not seem like it at first, but one of the best ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions is combine it with something you enjoy. I’m talking specifically about golf.
If you’re anything like me, your resolutions range from achieving personal and professional goals like getting in to shape, finding ways to get more involved, and taking time to appreciate the small things.
You can do all of this through golf. Here’s how:
Get in Shape
Golf is great for a low impact work out. Walking your round instead of driving a golf cart will burn calories, but golf fitness also opens the door to work on your mobility, flexibility, and endurance—all things needed to shed strokes off your score card as well as inches from your waist. And while you’re getting your body in shape, don’t forget to work on your mental game as well. A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand-in-hand with your golf game and your life off the course.
Get More Involved
If one of your goals for the year is to network or meet new people, then golf is the perfect outlet. Besides chatting to the regulars at the course, you can establish new connections by volunteering at your course’s junior program or at an upcoming tournament.
Appreciate the Small Things
As we go through the year, and get caught up in the bigger picture, it’s hard to remember to take the time to remember the small wins throughout the year, but golf can help with that. You can start by keeping a handicap. By registering your score throughout the year, you can keep track of those little wins and watch your improvement. At the end of the year, you’ll be surprised how far you’ve come.
If you want to work on curating the confidence to do anything, there’s no better start than working towards playing in a pro-am or amateur tournament. Showcasing your skills publicly is nerve-wracking at first, but with a due date set on the calendar, you’ll be motivated to focus your attention where it needs to go. By building your skills, your confidence in your game and yourself will grow too.
Learn Something New
When was the last time you really dedicated yourself to learning a new skill? If you had to take more than a few seconds to answer, then it’s safe to say you’re ready to take on a challenge. An easy start is to find a certified golf professional to help give your game a tune-up. This can be your time to finally get to the bottom of why your drives always go left, or what exactly the Stableford Method is. It may not be the same as becoming conversationally fluent in French, but you’ll find by starting with learning something small and actionable that your thirst for learning other skills will become insatiable.
Golf can open so many doors to travel. As a truly global sport, it is almost guaranteed that any faraway destination you have in mind will have a golf course somewhere nearby. It can be hard choosing where to go, or what to do when you get there, but golf can make creating a destination bucket list easy.
Have more Family Time
With a busy schedule full of after school activities and a busy work life, finding time to spend together as a family can be next to impossible. But consider making your usual trip to the golf course a family affair. As golf is a lifetime sport, you and your family will be able to play no matter how old or young.
While it can be hard sometimes to splurge on yourself, it’s something that can be good to do for yourself every once in a while. If you’re determined