The Hobby I Hope to Do More of in the New Year
With every new year comes new goals. Right now, you may be thinking about what you want to get out of 2021. You’re setting goals and making plans. I’ve been doing the same thing — thinking about what I want for Quality Plus Automotive in the coming year.
We had a good 2020, despite the challenges of the year. We were able to continue providing an essential service to the community, and we kept everyone employed. I’m proud of that. This year, I’m thinking about how we can grow the business, make the shop more operational, and give more to our employees and customers. Basically, I’m thinking about how I can make the business even better.
There is always room for improvement. The hard part is figuring out exactly what to improve and how to improve it. The end goal is to give customers the best possible experience. That, and when my business works better, my life works better (and that means a little more golf)!
Speaking of golf, January also happens to be National Hobby Month and, if you ask me, golf is a great hobby. As much as I love working on cars, I won’t turn down a round of golf. I started golfing when I was around age 35, but if I could tell my younger self to take up the game at an earlier age, I would.
One of the reasons I love golf is because it’s more of a mental game than a physical one. It’s just you, the ball, and your wits. That, and the game is accessible to just about anyone. It doesn’t matter where you come from or who you are.
Yes, there is a physical component to golfing, but there’s a lot of strategy involved as well. You do have to practice, but that’s part of the fun. It’s great to get out on the course, be with your thoughts, and figure out how to improve your game. It also helps that I’m an outdoor person, and golf is the perfect outdoor game. You can spend anywhere from a couple of hours to half a day out on the course. In good weather, you can’t beat that.
Another reason I love golf is that every game is different. You can go to the same golf course over and over, but your experience will change with the conditions. There are so many variables —the weather, the temperature, the grass, and even my own mindset. If there’s a breeze, I have to play a certain way. If it’s a hot, humid day, I’ll play differently. If something is on my mind, I’ll have to focus to do well while I play. Every little thing impacts the game, and I have to take all the variables into account. But at the end of the day, I’m the one who controls the outcome, and I also love that about the sport.
If I play badly, it’s all on me, and if I play well, again, it’s all due to the fact that my head was in the game. Unlike team sports, every little thing — every success or failure — falls on my shoulders. When you get right down to it, I think that’s what I love about golf more than anything else. This year, if you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, I say give golf a try if you don’t already play! Of course, there are so many other hobbies to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong with whatever you try.
With that, I hope you have a happy New Year, and I’ll see you soon!