Jobs, Joy, & Jingle (Bells)

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

-Karl Barth

Joy to the world; a festival of joy. However you celebrate, the season of Joy is upon us. In fact, based upon the holiday music I started hearing in the mall about 3 weeks ago, the season has been upon us for a while.

What makes the holiday season so special for you? As a child, a big part of the holiday season was the anticipation of Christmas morning and racing my sister down the stairs to see what Santa Claus had put under the tree as we slept. As a father now, it’s about faith, family, and seeing the look on my children’s faces as they greet Christmas morning with excitement and unadulterated joy.

Wouldn’t it be nice if each day felt like Christmas morning or the first day of the Festival of Lights? What if each day we headed to the golf course or the office was approached with as much joy, promise, excitement and wonder as we approached the holidays? What if we found absolute joy in what we do? How much better could we serve others? How much better could we make ourselves? How much better could our lives and careers be?

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

-Steve Jobs

As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to evaluate why, and how, you do what you do. Ask yourself:

1) What parts of your career and your job bring you joy?

2) What about your career would need to change to bring more joy to your life or bring back the joy?

3) How can I help you with 1 & 2?

It may seem odd to look to your job to bring you joy, but think how powerful it could be if it did. What change could we make in the industry, in your community, or even the world?

It’s a joyous season. Let’s extend the season and make it a joyous career. Click here to answer the questions I posed and let’s get started in bringing joy to you, your loved ones, and the world of golf.

Here’s to Joy.