We’re all working on something we want achieve or improve and not always getting the results we want, so running out of ‘GAS’ may just be what you need to turn things around.
Whether that is our fitness, our swing, our tempo, our thoughts, our overall game or it could be something else outside of golf that affects our performance.
It’s not always something inside the game that affects our results. It’s no different in the business world and we take our personal lives to the office and vice versa.
Life goes on.
We can’t always just switch things on and off when it suits us.
Or can we?
I remember years ago a guy I worked with had this innate ability to switch off from work as soon as he left the office. When everyone else was scurrying around worried about what may or may not happen, always looking at their mobiles, checking emails and sending reports they thought clients ‘may’ want at 9pm, this guy simply shut off from the office when he left and focused on his family life.
He had the same ability on the golf course.
“That’s just not possible” ….. “Ridiculous” I can hear many of you cry.
I’ve heard it many times over the years. I even used to say it myself!
But I can certainly say from experience, he was right. He did it and so can we if we choose to. The problem is we don’t know how to switch off.
Sure, it’s ok for someone to simply say “Switch off and forget about it” but doing it is another thing.
Because we’ve been trained to do things in a certain way that it’s become habitual. We are creatures of habit as the saying goes and for good reason. We build many habits whether we’re aware of them or not.
Only be recognising them as habits can we choose to do something about them, intentionally. They won’t change by chance.
Which means making a conscious decision to change them and replacing them with new habits. Simple yes, easy not so much.
Which leads me to my point. Sometimes we need to run out of ‘GAS’ to actually get us there.
What I mean is to stop ‘Giving A S*@t ‘ to coin the phrase as it’s usually known.
We often spend so much time focused on and paying attention to what might happen, rather than simply doing our best and not getting so fixated about the result.
In golfing terms this means not reacting to where your ball ends up. It may take a sharp kick left or right into a hazard. You cannot control it and it doesn’t mean that you don’t care, more simply that you’re not letting it affect you.
So, if you find yourself getting angry when you see your ball hop into a bunker or a lake, remember to think about running out of ‘gas’ and change your reaction, as you cannot change what has happened.
It takes time and effort to change things, they don’t happen by themselves or overnight, but with some dedication they will and I’m sure you’ll see some improvement, now just in how you feel, but in your game overall.
After all, who wants to come off the course feeling frustrated all the time?
If you like the sound of this and want to dive into learn more about your mental game, why not look at the 7 Keys to Improve Your Mental Golf Game by clicking HERE
Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds