Magazine article Industrial Management

Can You Play Your Own Game?

Magazine article Industrial Management

Can You Play Your Own Game?

Article excerpt

"Play your own game!"

Undoubtedly, you've heard this before. My memory of this was jogged recently when I came across it in a little gem of a book called Quantum Golf by Kjell Enhager. While the author teaches readers how to play their own game of golf, he also is teaching how to play the game of life. By playing your own game, you get to relax and enjoy it. Is it possible to play your own game in the corporate arena? In your family life? In your friendships?

In order to play your own game, you have to be able to manage yourself. At the office, you have to manage your use of time. How effective are you in terms of time? When you begin to find yourself becoming more efficient, you will breathe easier and become less stressed.

At home, you need to decide what your priorities are in terms of yourself, your spouse, and your children. Define your shared values, then determine if you are doing what you think is right or if you are following your neighbors' lead. Look at your financial situation and see if you are controlling it or it is controlling you. Such introspection will help you decide how to play your own game.

The same need to control your professional and family life applies to the social arena. You have to determine for yourself what feels comfortable, what you can afford, what it is you like to do, and with whom you would care to share your time. How you spend your time socially is as important as how you manage time in the office.

In order to lower stress, it's absolutely essential to feel you have choices. To have choices, you first have to know where you're going and what you wish to accomplish. In other words, you must have goals. Without goals, it is difficult to change a situation effectively.

Having goals simply means knowing what you want to accomplish and, equally important, when you want to accomplish it.

A time line is crucial to help motivate you to meet objectives. In this way, you can establish short-term goals that help define the route to accomplishing long-term goals. Long-term goals help determine where you want to be at a specific time in your life. Short-term goals are benchmarks along the way.

How far out should your long-term goals be? …

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