It has been a long season, but now, if you’re reading this, the “dog days” of August are over and things are starting to slow down a bit. After your take a few deep breaths, let me encourage you to start thinking about your professional development this coming off-season. Ask yourself, “Who is the PGA professional I want to be by next Spring?” If you want to be in a better situation (with an opportunity to increase your income, improve your job stability and have more fulfillment) you have to begin now with the end result in mind.

“Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.” – Stephen Covey,  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Now apply that to us as golf professionals and ask yourselves…

  • What is the most valuable skill or program that I can “own” (master, make real for myself) by next Spring? (Note: most valuable is about income and job stability, if you ask me.)
  • How does that skill, discipline or professional development become valuable to my facility’s bottom line?
  • If I can learn, gain or build that skill, how will I share my reason for “getting it” so that it gives me and my employer the best ROI on my investment?
  • What has been holding me back from learning or gaining this particular skill or discipline? (Will I not let that obstacle impede me?)

If you’re having trouble finding answers to these questions, you may be on the path to becoming who you end up being, versus the professional you want to be. I have some very cools “career wellness” tools designed to help you find, and then begin with that end in mind and I’d love to share them with you sooner rather than later.

Start becoming the “professional you have dreamed you could be” today and reach out to me to setup a chat, a phone call or similar with me. I am planning on conducting some “professional development” educational tours around the Section this fall and I do hope you’ll take the time to join me, some of the colleagues in my your local chapter so I can help you become a more influential, more effective and more successful PGA professional in 2018.

Regards and my best,

Monte Koch, Certified PGA Professional
Career & Business Coach for PGA professionals, facilities
Email: Mkoch@pgahq.com Cell: 206/335-5260