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Newsletter February 2011
Last month the discussion in this newsletter was about your intention to create the golf successes you desire. By setting precise goals you defined what your strategy is and how to achieve it.
Now that you have a written plan, the next step is to take action. You can now create something out of nothing by structuring your thoughts.
Make a conscious decision now to create your highest vision for yourself and your golf game by partnering with your intention to create your peak performances.
If you were about to accomplish in your golf game all that you have ever dreamed of, what would you need to do right now to be ready to accept that success?
“There’s nothing wrong with having your goals really high and trying to achieve them. That’s the fun part. You may come up short. I’ve come up short on a lot of my goals, but it’s always fun to try and achieve them.” -- Tiger Woods
Why do you play golf?
When you think about playing golf, do you have visions of being outside in the sunshine, swinging with ease and freedom? Or do you spend your time thinking about what “could have been” --- “if only you had” done something different? The former description is full of passion, the latter is full of guilt and excuses. A truism is that the more intense your feeling is, the quicker it will be attained.
Do you learn from your life experiences?
When golfers judge their shots on the golf course and see them as mistakes, they often try to justify why the shots happened to keep themselves from feeling like a failure. As human beings we learn best by paying attention to what didn’t work and then learning from the experience. Thomas Edison was famous for saying he hadn’t failed 9,999 times to invent the light bulb. Instead, he had found 9,999 ways that didn’t work and was that much closer to success.
Let go of justifying your miss-hits and learn from the choices you made. If your heart-felt desire is to really enjoy playing, begin now to mold your passion, potential and purpose into a positive learning experience.
Young Female Golfers Show Their Mental Discipline
Do you need more discipline, decision and organization? Are you ready to set sail toward your destination or do you need to reach into your mental tool box for additional tools.
Jennifer Johnson and Jennifer Song met in the final match of the Women’s Amateur in August 2009 in St. Louis. Johnson was a shy 18-year-old from LaQuinta, CA who had been working with her mental coach for five years. She kept her focus and never trailed in her first 94 holes of match play in the stifling August heat.
Song, 19 of South Korea who won the Amateur & the Public Links in 2009, said of her mental coach, “He wouldn’t let me hit a golf ball if I wasn’t thinking positively. He changed my life.” Last year as a 21-year-old rookie, she won the first professional event she entered.
The Great Law of Magnetic Attraction
The Law of Attraction is easy to understand. What your thoughts are constantly focused upon is attracted to you. Your subconscious mind takes all thoughts literally and acts upon them without change.
The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and fantasy. This is apparent when you watch an action movie and your heart races, or read a sad story and you cry or feel other emotions. Your conscious mind knows the difference between the story and reality, but your body reacts as though it is real.
If you are feeling good you will attract what you want. If you are feeling bad you will attract what you do NOT want.
Good decisions come from when you are in a good state. Bad decisions come from when you are in a bad state.
Your state of being (feelings) attracts everything to you.
You cannot attract low scores if you are feeling unworthy.
You cannot attract making putts if you are feeling fear.
You cannot attract winning if you are feeling undeserving of it.
You cannot be focused if you are feeling nervous and anxious.
You cannot be having fun if you are feeling frustrated.
Is your golf game happening to you, or are you choosing to make it happen?
You must see yourself from the state of being that will attract what you desire. Consciously choose to feel good and successful even if you have to “act as if.” Repetition is the key to training your subconscious mind into a good state on the golf course to produce good results.
Are you always in a good state on the golf course?
In NLP we speak of modeling winners. Tiger Woods talks about the “art of winning.” He learned to win and win again in junior golf and his confidence kept multiplying. “You start getting a feel on how to do it,” Woods said, “And sort of understanding the feel and the art of winning. I certainly could believe there is an art to winning.”
What will Phil do next?
Phil Mickelson’s dream is to become the #1 golfer in the world. His plans to do that were side tracked when the two women in his life are battling breast cancer, and he was diagnosed with potentially debilitating psoriatic arthritis.
Phil maintained his passion even through adversity. “When I had my nurse gown on,” he said, “I would mentally rehearse shots and stuff to just kind of keep myself sharp, even though I wasn’t touching a club.”
Dealing with life-and-death problems, Phil said more than once, “I’m excited to play. It just makes me realize how much I really enjoy what I do, how much I love playing the game of golf, how much I love competing on the PGA Tour and how I don’t ever want to take that for granted.”
Phil won his first pro title at Torrey Pines in1993. He also played his high school golf matches there. With high hopes of winning, he returned last week to play in the Farmers Insurance Open at the course he knows so well.
Bubba Watson, another left handed player, won the tournament by making a dramatic 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole. If you watched the tournament you saw the way Phil walked up and surveyed the undulations in the green with a winner’s plan to hit a 72-yard wedge shot past the hole and spin it back into the cup for eagle to force a playoff.
Although the plan didn’t work, Phil remained upbeat. "I'm disappointed.” He said. “I wanted to start the year off with a win. On the other hand, I played really good golf." These are the thoughts of a champion.
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