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These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

You have finally been invited to participate in the company golfing tournament to help benefit a local charity. For years you have dreamed of being invited to play golf because, for businessmen, being invited to play golf represents status and acceptance. After spending so long trying to prove yourself, you have finally been given the key to open the door. But there’s only one problem, you’ve never played golf (unless you want to count that one time you beat your dad on Wii).

You are now faced with not only becoming a golfing expert in a matter of days but you have to figure out what to wear, what to bring and how to look as much like a golfer as you can.

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While you may feel like an absolute loser for not knowing where to begin when it becomes to golf, you are not alone. In fact, only 17% of Americans play golf. The household income for the average golfer is right at $93,000, which may show that perhaps maybe the average American is led to believe they can’t afford to play the sport. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

Golfing doesn’t discriminate but before you step out to play your first few rounds, here are just a few items you will need in order to look like a golfer, even when you’re not:

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1. Golf Balls

This may seem like a no-brainer to many but when you’re excited about being able to finally play golf among the other guys at the job, it could be easy to forget one of the most important parts of the game: golf balls – and bring plenty. Making sure you choose the right golf ball for your swing is the first step you need for improving accuracy and distance. If you’re a new golfer you probably have no idea where to begin as it relates to identifying the ball that works not only best for you but for your beginner game. Several resources are available that will teach you everything you need to know to make sure you’re ready to tee off the right way.

2. Golf Rangers

If you really want to impress your friends and look like the ultimate golfer then renting a golf ranger would be a great way to start. Renting is suggested over purchasing for a rookie only because you don’t want to make a long-term investment into a gadget you may never use again if your first time playing golf doesn’t go as planned. This global positioning system is the hottest piece of technology in the golfing industry that is being used because of its exact and precise locating system. It is recommended that you become acquainted with this device a couple days before using  it because it requires online compatibility and there’s nothing worse than looking like a golfing failure because you don’t know how to work your equipment. This new and exciting device operates on the principle of measuring the distance from to target to where the device is located.

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3. Gloves

There is much discussion about rather or not to wear gloves or not when playing golf. In early days of golfing many golfers chose to wear gloves to protect their hands from the wear and tear of holding a golf club. Golf clubs have improved significantly over the years. However, many industry professionals suggest that wearing gloves help you gain a grip on the club and help improve your swing in gigantic ways.

4. Proper Attire

If you really want to fit in you’ll want to make sure you wear proper attire. Prior to heading out to the golf course, be sure to do  some initial research to make sure you fit into the facility you will be golfing at. Some courses prohibit jeans and others require that you wear shirts with collards, shorts and or slacks. Generally, golf shoes or other approved athletic shoes are required while on the course.

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5. An Experienced Friend

While friends are not “items,” if you really want to look like an expert, ask your new golfing buddies if you can bring a friend. Bringing a friend can help you if you have questions about golfing that you don’t want to ask out loud and don’t have time to google. Your experienced friend will not only help guide you through your first golfing experience but will save you from the embarrassment.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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