When you aren’t playing as well as you’d like it is easy to focus on the things that are causing you frustration. You don’t have to be a club-thrower to have challenges with negative thinking. But a little bit of negativity can take a toll on a big portion of your game.
Honestly, there’s no place for negativity on the course if you want to play well. Operating with the wrong kind of mindset will simply prevent you from getting the results you want. Good rounds require a positive outlook on yourself and your ability to play.
Strengthening your mental game requires self-awareness before you can improve your self-management. In alignment with that approach, it’s important to understand the typical sources of your negative thoughts, how negative thoughts can hurt your round, and how you can begin thinking more persistently so your thoughts improve your performance.
In this episode, you’ll learn how to infuse your rounds with the kind of thoughts that improve scores and avoid the ones that can derail you.
Here’s how this episode plays out…
- [6:39] Understanding the Source of Negative Thoughts – In order to combat your negativity, you’ve got to know where it’s coming from.
- [10:05] 4 Kinds of Thoughts That Can Increase Poor Shots and Bad Holes – While there are lots of thoughts that can negatively impact your rounds, here are the 4 most common I come across in my work with golfers that you’ll want to avoid.
- [16:31] 5 Kinds of Thoughts That Improve Scores – You can be more proactive to develop and play with thoughts that enhance your rounds and make it far easier to bounce back following a disappointing shot.
[16:55] 1. Grateful Thoughts
[17:28] 2. Scholarly Thoughts
[18:08] 3. Humorous Thoughts
[18:55] 4. Flexible Thoughts
[19:34] 5. Present-Centered Thoughts
- [22:32] Episode Summary – Here you will find a quick synopsis of this episode.
If you have any questions about how to apply any of these rules to your game, please join me for my next Ask Me Anything Live Q&A Session inside my Facebook group. I show up live every Tuesday at 11:00 am ET and I’d be happy to help you advance your game.
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This is a very positiva d constructive way to manage y game
I love the quote can refill the glass and it is so much true for everything in life
Thanks for this nice session
Very appreciated specially because I am starting my winter golf season in Florida.
I take a break between season up north in Montreal Canada.
Looking forward to see more tips and training
Nicole, Thanks so much for listening to the podcast! I am glad you found the episode helpful. Which if the 5 positive thought-building strategies will you be using for the next 30 days? Best wishes for a great season ahead!
Frank DeRosa says
Great food for thought . I need to eliminate should and but from my vocab on the golf course.
have been working on grateful . next staying present centered.
Frank, Thanks for listening to the podcast! I am glad to hear that you’ve identified two negative trigger words from your rounds. Which of the 5 positive-boosting strategies will you focus on?
Which of the 5 positive-boosting strategies will you focus on? I will stick with the Scholarly Thoughts for the next 30 days.
Juan, Thanks for letting me know and for listening to my podcast! 🙂
M Whitaker says
Shannon I’m FINALLY back to golf and this episode was terrific for me to listen to again. It’s been over a year since I could physically play golf on a regular basis. I’m going to FOCUS on SCHOLARLY thoughts for the next mi th and make it my habit. You are terrific and I love all your podcasts and their direct impact on my game. Thank you, Margy
Marghy, That’s so wonderful to hear! Keep up the great work. 🙂