By: Bob Madsen, PGA of Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort
Burnout is a sore subject with most professionals. When I mention it, you roll your eyes and shake your head. Apparently, you know what burnout means, or at least what it means to you. A couple of our brothers have even requested an article on it, so here it goes.
I guess burnout is like when a rocket engine runs out of fuel. From there, the rocket must go into free flight. Without its thruster, the rocket carries on based on shear momentum. No longer does it have the same drive. We can only hope that it is on the proper course during free flight.
You might also see burnout as a state of exhaustion. You took off like a rocket. You were really going. Then, all of the sudden you unexpectedly ran empty on fuel. Now what?
Now let’s see. First of all, you took off like a rocket. Maybe you were giving lessons like crazy, bringing home wheel barrels full of cash, living the high life with your bright shiny import parked in the garage. “I must be happy. I am making so much money,” you say to yourself. Like a moon shot you took off fast. Then something happened.
What happened might be exhaustion. It doesn’t surprise me. If you went out to the lesson tee to make money you were doomed. If you are going out there now to make money you are doomed. You might as well invite burnout over for supper and let her twin sister Boredom stay for a while. They will come knocking if they haven’t already. Money is not the reason for golf lessons. Properly done any education, including golf instruction, is done of the sake of the student.
Interestingly, golf instruction is just another one of those things where the more you give, the more you will get. Conversely, the more you take the more it will take from you.
Simply put, you have to give, give, give. Stop trying to make so much money. Stop trying so hard to give as many lessons as humanly possible. Stop trying to pay your kids’ college education. Just stop it. Can’t you see that all those are secondary reasons to be on the lesson tee with a student? The real reason to be there is the student. It is his lesson not yours. The more you try to get out of the lesson, the more it will take out of you. You want exhaustion? Simple. Be selfish.
Want to fuel the thing up and get it going again? Be unselfish. “How do I do that?” Shockingly, you have to care about your students. That is where it starts. You have to want them to do better in golf and in life. You have to be interested in what is happening in their lives and in their family. Next, you have to have a gentle enough schedule so that your clients never get the feeling you are too busy or just herding them through. You need to spend plenty of time with each lesson too.
Be kind, patient and show off less.
You want to add fuel to your tanks and avoid burnout? Practice unselfishness.
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