Switch your reason for Playing from Performance to Health and Happiness:
I don’t mean Physical Health Primarily (although you get a ton of benefits as a by product - click on the image to Learn More), I mean Mental and Emotional Health.
Many start Playing Golf primarily because it’s something Fun to do with their Friends/Family. The Competitive side comes later (see my previous Blog on ‘Growing The Game’).
It’s important to frequently remind yourself and stay connected to your ‘WHY’ i.e why you Play the Game (or anything else for that matter). If you haven’t come across Simon Sineks Book “Find Your Why” I highly recommend you get a copy (Click HERE or on the Image).
Establish exactly what brings you joy from Playing and judge your rounds on that e.g. how many times you laugh, how many beers you drink 😉 etc.
I recently listened to a great Episode of Karl Morris’ Brainbooster Podcast where he discusses gratitude (Click on the Image to have a listen), during which he makes a very poignant point: none of us are Eternal - we all have a finite amount of opportunities to Play. So, on reflection, does that errant shot or higher than desired score really matter enough to spoil the aspects of the Game that are the essence of why you Play?
I’m not for a minute saying that Score doesn’t matter or that Playing well and improving aren’t great reasons. Challenging yourself is healthy. Why I say the above isn’t to create a hierarchy of Motivation, it’s to help you gain perspective on your Performances; to help you stay connected to the reasons you Love the game and to ensure you get the most you possibly can from each and every round you play.
Thanks for reading!
Oliver C. Morton
The Leading Edge Golf Company