Your sub-conscious mind is like your servant. It focuses your brain on the last thing it hears, whether the thought is aloud or not. Then your body follows the thought. The last thing you heard before you took the shot was, “...in case I hit it in the water.”
Why does your body do what you thought you didn’t want to do? The way we think (and talk) affects our body as well as our life. From Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book, Evolve Your Brain, “There is a new field of science called psychoneuroimmunology that has demonstrated the connection between the mind and the body. Studies have shown that every thought you have, produces a bio-chemical reaction in your brain. The thoughts that produce the chemicals allow your body to feel exactly the way you were just thinking.” Therefore, your body will follow your mind.
Here are some other phrases I’m sure you’ve heard during a round of golf.
“This is the hardest hole on the course.”
“The speed on this green is really scary.”
“I always get a 7 on this hole.”
How do you stop your ‘monkey mind’ from such negative thoughts? Following are the four steps outlined in my book, You Can Shoot 70 at 70.
1. Develop a pre-shot routine and use it on every shot.
Watch any pro baseball player at bat. He’ll touch his hat, then his chest, pound on home plate with the bat, do the same movements every time. It’s not superstition, it’s his way of calming down, gives him a few moments to breathe and relax.
2. Pay attention to what you continually say to yourself. Instead of saying, “This is going to be difficult”, change it to “I know I can do this.” Remember, your sub-conscious mind behaves like your servant. It always says “Yes.”
3. Visualize the result. Olympic skiers sit up top in the waiting area, with their eyes closed, head moving. They are visualizing every mogul, every turn. By the time they break out of the gate, they’ve already run the race in their minds. Visualize your perfect golf swing and where you want the ball to land.
4, Stay in the present. Golf, as life, is played one round, one hole, one golf swing at a time. What you did on the last hole never matters. Only the present moment matters. Worrying is never productive. If you remember what you worried about 5 years ago, chances are the disaster never happened. Let go of the past and the future and stay in the present.
Golf heaven or golf hell, the result is up to you!
Chapter Vi and VII in my book are devoted to conquering your mental game, including a never before seen grid used by Fortune 500 companies, to determine your golf personality and how to improve your golf game by tweaking your personality.