Have you ever wondered why so many people struggle with golf?
I recall growing up in the 1970’s and it seemed that every time we turned the tv on, there was an American tv show on and someone was always off to ‘see their shrink’.
You’d see the tv character laying on a leather couch in the Psychologists office staring at the ceiling being grilled by the ‘shrink’ about their life and what was going wrong.
I remember thinking it’s all doom and gloom, is everyone really nuts?
Previously there’s been a negative connotation with the mental side of sports including golf, with many thinking there’s something ‘wrong’ with them if they seek the help of someone to work on their mindset.
It’s seen as some form of stigma or it's only for the very elite.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Working on your mind in any line of work, business or leisure is one of the best investments you can make. Ever.
You become elite because you work on your mind and game.
I’m not saying that because I am involved in the business but more a reason I got involved was because I’ve always been fascinated by what makes one person ‘tick’ or successful and another person not so. I realised my failings early on in life were because I lacked the mental strength and mindset required to get to the next level and sought out a way to find out how to get there.
One thing’s for sure, it would have been a much less difficult road to travel had I started much earlier in life, instead of choosing to do things “My way” for so many years, being blind to the power of our minds.
As I’ve covered in other blogs, golf is both a physical and a mental game and how we fuel our bodies and minds is critical to success.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “if you put cra*p in, you’ll get cr*p out” and many aren't aware how much of both they're putting in!
Many of golf’s greats have expressed their thoughts and feelings as to the power of having a strong mental game to become the person required to reach their potential and Arnold Palmer summed it up brilliantly when he said
“Success in the game depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character”.
It doesn’t happen by chance. It happens through choice.
Here are some of the ways we work to help improve the mental aspects and fuel the mind.
1. Increase awareness. What’s working, what’s not working, Our weaknesses can outweigh our strengths.
2. Prepare. How to prepare for the course and how to get their minds into the right frame or state to perform at their best.
3. Routines: building routines that they can trust under pressure.
4. Build self-confidence and confidence. Confidence in their swing and confidence in their ability
5. Develop resilience – the ability to bounce back from setbacks during the game.
6. Develop the mental ability to reduce fear.
7. Accountability. Have someone who is there to help you commit and reach your potential.
8. Belief. Probably the most important one of all. You can achieve great things when you believe in yourself, but you can achieve amazing things when you have someone who believes in you.
Now, the big question ‘Do you need one?”
The simple answer is no one ‘needs’ one at all. The question is “Do you want to improve?”
Take it from me, doing it "My way" is not something I'd recommend if you want to fulfil your potential.
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Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds