Conscious Golf: The Three Secrets of Success in Business, Life, and Golf


What does your golf swing have to do with your success in business and life?

Everything-- if you know the three powerful secrets of Conscious Golf.

While working with more than 1,000 executives over the past 30 years, best-selling author and noted executive coach Gay Hendricks discovered that the secrets of success in golf, business and life are one and the same. Conscious Golf reveals those practical secrets ...

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What does your golf swing have to do with your success in business and life?

Everything-- if you know the three powerful secrets of Conscious Golf.

While working with more than 1,000 executives over the past 30 years, best-selling author and noted executive coach Gay Hendricks discovered that the secrets of success in golf, business and life are one and the same. Conscious Golf reveals those practical secrets to you clearly and simply so that you can play better golf, be more successful in your work and enjoy a daily life free of stress.

Conscious Golf shows you, step-by-step, how to put these life-changing secrets to work on the golf course and in the business world. Through vivid examples drawn from his consulting practice, Hendricks guides you through the process of applying this practical wisdom to the real-world challenges that confront you in the game of golf and the business of your life.

Conscious Golf gives you three radically innovative insights into how golf and business actually work. When you understand the impact of those insights-- and see how they affect every moment of your day-- your golf game and your work life will skyrocket out of the ordinary and into a new zone of clarity, fulfillment and self-renewing forward momentum.

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"Conscious Golf is the best golf book since Michael Murphy's Golf in the Kingdom. If you want to make a quantum leap in golf and business, read this book. It will change your life."—Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul

"Conscious Golf is required reading for anyone who wants to succeed in business and golf. The best book I've seen on the intimate connection between golf, business and life."—Gary Player

"There's a direct link between playing golf and succeeding in life, and Gay Hendricks proves it. Playing golf without Hendricks's insight is like reading a book blindfolded. If you're a student of the game, you need Conscious Golf."—Tom Green, general counsel for Dell Computer Corporation

"Conscious Golf is a clear and purely enjoyable look into how conscious living leads directly to success on and off the course. Told with candid personal accounts of his passion for golf and even greater passion for living, Gay Hendricks has given every reader the secrets with the grace and power of a pure swing done to perfection."—John Morton, director of The Movement for Inner Spiritual Awareness and author of The Blessings Already Are

"Gay Hendricks offers up a fairway full of wisdom and wit. His three simple rules will bring more joy into your life, more success into your career and fewer strokes to your golf game!"—Mark Albion, author of Making a Life, Making a Living

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579546939
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gay Hendricks is the best-selling author of such books as The Corporate Mystic and Conscious Living. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, he directs The Hendricks Institute and The Academy for Conscious Golf and Business in Ojai, California.

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Chapter 1

Three Secrets That Shouldn't Be Kept

I've never been good at hiding how I feel, so I'll come right out with it:

Golf is the greatest game of all, and golfers are the luckiest people on earth. If you play golf, you are blessed with the rarest of gifts: to walk in beauty, to enjoy fine companionship and to discover the true essence of living with every swing.

What more could we ask of any game?

Embedded in the game is something vast and limitless but also practical. In particular, golf is the perfect arena where you can master the three secrets of success in business and life. By learning the three secrets of conscious golf, you can get better at golf, business and life—all at the same time! In working with nearly a thousand executives over the past 30 years, my colleagues and I have discovered that the master moves of golf, business and life are the exactly the same.

I consider these three master moves the very foundation skills of good golf, good business and good living. If you understand how to apply these skills, you will know how to stride the full round of your life with integrity, zest and good success.

In this book I make clear distinctions between the three master moves primarily for the sake of understanding. In teaching them to several thousand people, I've found that it really helps to break the moves into distinct components. In the early stages of learning to drive a car, it's helpful to practice putting your foot on the brake over and over as a separate skill. Ultimately, though, you steer and accelerate and brake as part of one automatic movement. The same is true for the three secrets of conscious golf. When you're out there in the fast, real world of golf (or business or life), you'll ultimately find that the three moves blur into one. My hope is that the three master moves will become one smooth automatic move, whether you're driving a golf ball or a hard bargain.

The Perfect Way to Learn about Business and Life

Golf gives us two gifts at once: Insight and transcendence. We reveal who we are as we play the course—that much is certain. Play a single hole of golf with three strangers and you will have immediate insight into whether you would have dinner with them, do business with them or loan them your car to drive around the block. However, golf gives us a great deal more: With every swing of the club we have the chance to ascend to new heights of the person we wish to become.

I didn't realize all this until I was well into midlife. In fact, I've come full circle in my attitudes about golf. Earlier in my life I thought it was the stupidest game I'd ever seen. I grew up steeped in baseball. My grandfather was the groundskeeper at a minor league ballpark in the area of Florida where most of the big-league teams came for spring training. As a result, I spent a lot of my childhood watching baseball and hanging around ballplayers. To my young mind, baseball was the only game that really mattered.

At a deeper level, I think my initial sour opinion of golf was probably based on sour grapes. Golf looked to me like a game for the "rich kids," and I definitely was not one of those. Also, I often saw boys going off to play golf with their fathers, and I did not have one of those, either. (My father died at the end of World War II, during the time my mother was pregnant with me.) This condition—not rich, no dad—probably caused me to devalue golf so that I wouldn't feel bad about not being able to play.

As for watching golf on television—forget it. Compared to games I liked, such as baseball and football, golf looked about as interesting as a 4-hour session of watching paint dry. Plus, there were those awful checkered pants that the golfers of the 1950s seemed to favor. I figured that any game people played in checkered pants had to be regarded with intrinsic suspicion. I very much enjoy the sweet irony of life's delightful twists, that I should have come from that background to be a cheerleader for the cosmic potential of golf.

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