This question was posed on twitter last week by @DCgolf2: “Tiger after shooting 79 and missing cut: ‘I wasn’t that far off.’ Denial or positive thinking?” Which I know to many of you reading this leaves you wondering, REALLY TIGER? Before you rush to judgement about Tiger’s state of mind, I want you to think about this. Regardless if he’s close to playing great or not, I believe there is a lesson all golfers can take from him and transfer to their own games. What is that lesson? Thinking positively and believing in your process will get your goals accomplished much more quickly than second guessing at every hurdle. I am certain of one thing when it comes to Tiger’s quote, and that is he believes 100% of what he is saying. That “all in” belief and trust in his process has made him arguably the best golfer to ever live.
I’ve worked with too many students that allow obstacles, like Tiger shooting 79, crush their progress and bring it to an abrupt halt. They seem to focus only on the bad shots or the score on their card. If you are guilty of this, please listen when I say improvement is a process. If you can believe and trust in that process like Tiger, it can happen much faster. If you cannot, you run the risk of failing to meet your goals. I encourage you to sit down with your golf coach and map out a plan for improvement. Decide on goals and what steps need to be taken to accomplish those goals. Once that plan is in place and you reach one of those hurdles, take a look at your plan and evaluate. First, check that you are on track and following the steps that were laid out. Second, look at all the milestones you have accomplished and be proud. If you can do those two things, that bad round or bad practice session will only be a blip on your radar and will further motivate you to invest more effort into the plan.
This is a proven method that has been used by some of the most successful people of all time:
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do… but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.
I challenge you to take their advice and no longer be slowed down by short-term failures. I promise it will make you a better golfer. Thanks for reading and see you on the lesson tee!!