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We all want to get better results. Which mean we need to perform at a higher level.
The problem is not everyone is willing to do what’s required to achieve those results. Many prefer the ‘easy’ route or short cut and the easiest way to frustration or failure I’ve found is through a short cut.
To perform at a higher level or become a high performer there are three things needed to make it happen.
Talent. You have to have some form of talent to be able to achieve some type of result. You don’t however, have to be the most talented person in the world. That is a myth.
We can build talent as outlined in a terrific book by Daniel Coyle, called “The Talent Code…. Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown”.
I seriously suggest having a read of it to get a better understanding of how we can improve our talent, something this blog doesn’t have time to go into and Daniel does a great job of explaining the process. It’s a fascinating read.
But in a nutshell, you can improve your talent by working at it. It takes time and as I said earlier, short cuts are not an option to high performance.
The second thing required is ‘Intention’. Merely having a desire to improve or do something isn’t enough. I know plenty of people over the years who have said they ‘want to improve’ or achieve something such as single figure handicap or scratch or win tournament X or Y, but the problem has been that they don’t hack it up with the actions.
It’s a bit like the person who says at Christmas they are going to lose weight and get really fit once the holidays are over and the new year kicks in and once it does, they lack that bit extra; the commitment, the discipline and drive to not only start but keep going.
Desire is definitely required but it is only a part of being intentional.
The final part of the equation is the ‘Mental’ side. This is the side that drives everything and from experience, very few spend any time on which is why they don’t always get the results they say they want but instead get the results according to their ‘lid’ or glass ceiling.
The mental side or the mind runs everything, it’s as simple as that. You can’t make a decision without some form of mental process but too often people are not thinking it their results, more doing what they have always done, which means they will get what they have always got.
In order to improve, we need to change our thinking, our decisions and our actions.
Having a strong mental game is the key element to do so. Working on that in tandem with improving your talent will yield great results, if you are intentional about it.
Working on just one side eg spending hours and hours hitting balls aimlessly will not help improve your game to the level you’re expecting.
Hoping things improve isn’t an option but it’s one I see from many amateurs as well as professionals, which is why they still struggle. If you really want to perform at a higher-level focus on all three. If you don’t, you’re not giving yourself the best chance to succeed.
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Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds