As you will see in the video at the end of the 12 holes, to the shock of many, they played catch. WATCH: Tiger Woods throws heat playing catch with Roger Clemens on a golf course.
What I enjoy most about following Tiger Woods is that he is always working to get better.
I spent my career working each and every day to get better. I coach lawyers who work every day to get better.
Do you want to get better in 2017? Here’s an exercise to give you a start:
Why set goals for yourself?
- Setting goals is the first step in taking responsibility for your career.
- Studies show that people who set goals perform at a higher level.
- Setting goals that are meaningful to you will energize you.
- Setting goals will help you decide how to use your time more effectively.
- Setting goals will make your work more enjoyable and put you in the zone.
If setting goals is such a great thing to do, why don’t associates do it?
- Some view their work in law as a job and not a career.
- Others are overwhelmed by doing the daily billable work. John Lennon said: “Life is what happens when you are planning.”
- Some firms only care about an associate’s billable hours and not about their career development.
- Some work for partners who don’t set goals and seem to be doing ok.
- Some fear they will be held accountable to achieve what they have set as goals.
- Some don’t know what they want or where to start.
How to set goals?
- The four aspects of your life.
- Begin with the what and the why before getting to the how.
- Brainstorm-Write down what first comes to your mind.
- Prioritize by importance.
- Ask why achieving the goal is important. If you do not have a good answer to why, you will not have the discipline and commitment to do it.
- Determine what obstacles you will need to overcome.
- Figure out who can help you.
- Develop action items you will be able to check off. Achieving the action items are goals themselves.
- Identify next actions and start.
- Set up a system to keep track of how you are doing. Doing a great job at setting goals has no value if you do not take actions to achieve them.
Have you ever heard of John Goddard? He is the real “Indiana Jones.” I was intrigued by the many adventures he wanted to experience and I especially appreciated what he wanted to learn over his life. After reviewing, Goddard’s lifetime goals, I set my own. Later I divided them into the four aspects of my life identified above.