Alchemy is defined as an ability to change impure metals into silver or gold. This allegorical concept was purported to be achieved by using a magical touchstone, called the “Philosopher’s Stone” that could immediately perfect any substance or situation.
Today in golf we would describe this golden situation as being “in the zone“ having transformed ourselves from focusing in rational intellectual thinking (paralysis by analysis) into using our wisdom with our intuitive knowing and heart’s desire. Unlike the alchemy beliefs of old, we do not need a magical Stone to achieve this state of perfection. Using our innate mental skills as a process, we can progress through the process of transmutation, and become transformed as a result.
Begin to believe in your potential. Replace all limiting beliefs about yourself with an intention for a New You. Believe in the golf and life dreams that you have ever dreamed about and always seemed to be just out of your reach. To do this requires dedication, awareness and intention. You are the creator of your life, and it is up to you to realize the responsibility and the fun adventure you can have creating your dreams.
The first step in the process is to make sure that your thoughts are of the highest intention and integrity, insuring that your aspirations are those that bring you joy and happiness. Every day be sincere, be creative, and be fearless in stating your intentions for your highest good.
We are in the midst of the football season. If you are the coach, you play to win by putting in your best players. You don’t play to lose. Imagine that the team players are thoughts in your mind. If a negative thought surfaces on the golf course, put in a substitute player… substitute a positive thought. Negativity is unnatural and is a thought from someone in your past other than you. Think about the difference in the way a negative thought makes you feel in contrast to a positive thought. Raise your state of consciousness from worry, anxiety, and fear to a state of perfect intuition that comes from your heart which is all love and lightness.
Many times I hear golfers say that they try to block out past thoughts of missed hits, penalty shots or other disturbing memories. Know that putting effort into blocking something out diverts your energy to the past thought when it needs to be on the creation of what you want to produce. The simple way to release negativity is to just put in the positive image and good feeling of what you want to create, and the negativity has to leave. You choose what you want to create. You are the cop who directs the traffic. You control the flow of traffic and bring it to you. In this way you have control over your thoughts and your shots.
After you have ushered in the thought and image and have hit the shot you desired, congratulate yourself and let the good feeling reverberate in your heart to make it permanent. The greater the feeling of enjoyment, the easier it will be to remember how to hit that shot again under pressure. Make what you think and say count for something good.
When you play golf, you are the main character in the show. Play as if it is the main event, not the dress rehearsal. Your score always counts.
Richard S. Tufts, former President of the USGA Richard Tufts, owner of Pinehurst, was a staunch supporter of amateurism in sport. Here is his concept of amateurism:
The Amateur Creed
“An amateur is one who competes in a sport for the joy of playing, for the companionship it affords, for health-giving exercise, and for relaxation from more serious matters. As a part of this light-hearted approach to the game, he accepts cheerfully all adverse breaks, is considerate of his opponent, plays the game fairly and squarely in accordance with the rules, maintains self-control, and strives to do his best, not in order to win, but rather as a test of his own skill and ability.”
--- “A Son of the Game,” by James Dodson
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