Practice What You Want to Perfect
Practice makes perfect is so often said for a reason. What you spend your time focusing on will become what your brain wires itself to improve. This is just as true for positive improvements as it is for accidentally encouraging unproductive thought patterns.
If you spend time thinking about how your game isn’t as good as the other players on the course, or you frequently imagine the worst-case scenario for each shot, then those thought patterns are more likely to manifest in your real life as well.
Dr. Dennis Davis, Ogletree Deakins’ National Director of Client Training, believes that this is a key factor to consider when trying to craft a mental resilience in your life. By being kind to yourself, talking to yourself like you would your best friend, you can naturally shift your outlook to be more positive, take life’s pitfalls in stride, and experience a more enjoyable game.
He said, “If we practice negative self-talk, we’re going to get really good at it. If we practice being cynical, if we practice not observing, we do it more and more, we’re going to get really good at that. One of the best reasons for being kind to ourselves, or being mindful, or working on our resilience is we get good at what we practice.”
In golf and in life, you often get back what you put out. If you keep getting a negative result, it might be time to check if you are practicing a negative mindset or a positive one.