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5 characteristics to great mindset


People often ask me how do I create a great mindset to play my best, well here's 5 characteristics to develop that will put you in good stead. 1. Passion Boris Becker, a very successful tennis player, once said “I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I Love to play.”  If you want to play your best golf then don’t play golf just for the sake of golfing, or because your friends do it, or because you just want to win. Instead compete because you love it, and you’re passionate about it. When you begin to truly love golf, it becomes more enjoyable, rather than feeling like hard work.

2. Courage Marathon runner, John Bingham, said, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” Sometimes our fear of failing prevents us from performing, as it can lead to potential criticism and self-doubt. Courageous athletes however, don’t fear the risk of failure, they meet it head on and try everything they can to make sure the risk turns into success. Ignore the potential negative outcomes and always try your best. Have courage to really go for it and do something great!

3. Vision Muhammed Ali, the infamous boxer, was quoted saying, “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something deep inside of them: a desire, a dream, a vision.” And he’s right, having the vision for what you want in the future is going to help you develop the mindset you need to make that vision a reality. Having a vision will also help you to create a long-term goal for yourself, and then set smaller goals to work towards it.   

4. Resilience James Dyson had many failures before he created his success. Overcoming a challenge or setback and bouncing back, is crucial for a successful mindset. No matter how big or small, learn from it and get back up fighting. A setback can be something as small as hitting into the rough or out of bounds, but don't let it stop you from succeeding. The greatest learnings are taken from failures, be grateful for them as you will come back stronger and better for it. And, even if you overcome that challenge and then face a new one, don’t let that stop you either. There will always be setbacks and we need to be ready to face them head-on. 

5. Confidence I always remember my dear old dad telling me "Experience tells you what to do, confidence allows you to do it" and I wish he was around today to tell how right he was. Stay confident in yourself, just focus on all the good things about you and your abilities. If you dwell on past mistakes or shortcomings, then you won’t feel confidence in yourself. Instead, focus on the positive things. Putting in countless hours of practice and training will be wasted if you're not confident in your skills and abilities. Always be confident about your skills and in your ability to improve.


If you would like to learn more about the mental side of the game please get in touch or check out our other blogs, there's something in here for everyone.

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