The lessons learned while playing golf can be great for your professional life. Let’s look at a few examples.

Reliable golfers add their next round to the calendar as soon as it is scheduled. If something is important to your business, it should be on your calendar.

Relaxed golfers prepare in advance for each round. They ensure they have enough balls, tees and a glove in their bag. They lay out the proper attire in advance, and are dressed for success. You should plan ahead and prepare for important events in your business, too.

Professional golfers arrive early and allow plenty of time to warm up. This allows them to perform better and creates a good impression with the rest of the group. If you are always late or unprepared, you will not perform as well and may create a bad impression with people around you.

Smart golfers are observant and pay attention to constantly changing conditions. They recognize opportunities and challenges well in advance of taking any action. They try to position themselves to take advantage of opportunities, while avoiding the hazards at the same time.

Experienced golfers realize different problems require different tools for a solution. They know that having the right tool for the job typically produces better results. They also recognize the limits of their abilities and try to play to their strengths.

Creative golfers also know there are several ways to solve every problem. They are always thinking outside the box to find a good solution. They are not afraid to try something new after considering risk vs. reward. They take action only after careful planning.

Gracious golfers are respectful of those around them. They allow other players to take their turn and are friendly with their competitors. They are sure to compliment impressive results. They look their competition in the eye and acknowledge them with a friendly handshake at the end of each round.

Bill Nordbrock is vice president of community relations for SCORE Southern Arizona, a nonprofit group that offers free small-business counseling and mentoring by appointment. For information, go to southernarizona.score.org, send an email to mentoring@scoresouthernaz.org or call 505-3636.