Whether you are a fan of Star Wars or not, you can’t deny the wisdom packed into the eight simple words uttered by Master Yoda –
“Do. Or don’t do. There is no ‘try’”
So often in golf, we think that the point is to try — Try to tweak your swing. Try to stay positive. Try to win. But the secret to success is not in the trying, it’s in the doing.
To try, means to attempt something. Unfortunately, this type of mindset leaves you open to the possibility of not succeeding. Your thoughts easily drift to doubt, or fear, or the “what if’s” of not winning. The elite performers set out with a mindset that victory is a foregone conclusion. There is a huge difference. Do they always win? No. But their mindset prepares them to win, eliminating even the remotest option of failing. Rather than trying their hardest, they do their best every time. When you focus on the outcome you desire, to the exclusion of any other possible outcome, you become a doer. And doers achieve greatness. Though it may not happen the 1st, 10th or even 100th time, they continue to DO, not merely try. And that is why in the end, they succeed.
The question is, are you trying, or are you doing when it comes to your game?