Setting goals is one thing. But if don’t learn how to achieve your golf goals, it’s going to be hard.
If there is no action then nothing will transpire.
If you want to hit the ball further, more solid, or simply lower your handicap, I am all for that.
Many players forget that they need to take action. From there they need envision themselves achieving that goal.
Sound like you? If so learn how a pencil from Augusta National helped Scott Stallings win his first tour event and earn a birth into the 2012 Masters.
Power of Positive Thinking
Being a PGA Tour player I don’t need to go into details about the actions Scott took to achieve his goal of playing in next year’s Masters. What I do want to talk about is how to positively affirm your goals.
Last week I watched something incredible happen. At the time I didn’t know how truly incredible it was. After all how often does a rookie on the PGA Tour (with his first chance to win) shoot 38 (+3) on the front gather himself to shoot 31 on the back? Might I add he birdied the finishing hole to force playoff. Yeah, pretty good stuff!
But what’s truly incredible and encouraging for every player out there is that the power of positive thinking works. Consider this is a case study.
The week before the Open Championship at the John Deere Classic Scott’s caddie handed him a pencil from Augusta National. This was their new defined goal. Qualify for the Masters no matter what. The pencil was a positive reaffirmation of that goal.
I’ll get back to the pencil story in a second. But I want to talk about you and how this pencil ties into your goals.
Be An Action Jackson
Having goals is important. However acting on them and having them occupy your thoughts is necessary. That’s if you want them to come to fruition.
Action is self explanatory really. The only way to act on your goals is to practice with a purpose.
Now if you haven’t laid out your specific goals and purpose based on the criteria I offered in this post, do it now!
Once that’s done you those thoughts must occupy your mind. Write out the goals on a piece of paper and recite them to yourself every morning when you get up and every evening before you go to bed.
Also be sure to visualize yourself achieving the goals you have set out. If you want to make more putts, visualize yourself making more putts before you go to bed or a stop light.
Back now to Scott Stallings and the Augusta National pencil.
This worked to positively affirm the goal of playing in next year’s Masters. Every time he pulled out that pencil to mark down scores, he would always think about achieving his goal of playing in the Masters.
I can bet that this positive thought controlled his mind as he made the turn Sunday at the Greenbrier a couple weeks back. Instead of getting down and negative about the 38 he shot, he sucked it up and focused positively on playing a great back nine.
Surely enough he birdied his final hole to force the playoff and win on the first extra hole with another birdie. I don’t know about you but I think this is such an inspiring story!
So let’s recap on how to set out and achieve our goals.
- Set goals using the SMART acronym I used in my last post.
- All goals require action and most of the time action is practicing with a purpose or playing with a specific purpose for goal achievement.
- Write down a recite your goals to yourself daily and have them occupy your thoughts as much as you can.
- Find something concrete that will allow you to visualize achieving your goals. This item is a reminder in a way. Scott Stallings used the Augusta National pencil as a reminder of his goal every time he wrote a score down. If you want to lower your handicap down to say a 12.6, get an extra handicap card from a club nearby. Write in that 12.6 handicap you want to achieve and place it somewhere you are going to see it a lot during the day.
If you’re having trouble finding a concrete item please let me know and I would be happy to help. Write me an email or post a comment below!
Until next time, positively affirm your goals!
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