THE MIND GAME
ND DBM, DipCH, MATMS
Peak Performance Specialist
YOUR SCORE STUCK IN A "COMFORT ZONE"?
If making a decision
on what golf score you wanted was a conscious process, you would just
decide what score you wanted and use your knowledge, skills and strategies
to get there. However, there are patterns and habits of thought in the
unconscious which govern our behaviour. A comfort zone is
simply a mental set as to where you belong, subtly operating in the
background at a subconscious level all the time in all areas of your
life such as income, social status, education level, weight and
yes, in golf!
Your vision of
yourself as a golfer
Your body may know how to shoot any shot perfectly you might
have hit a perfect drive on many occasions and have the experience and
ability to shoot 10 strokes (say mid 70s) more than you do
but you dont - you stay where you are. Why? Because thats
your vision of yourself as a golfer and it has a very powerful influence
on how you play. You may have a great front 9 a 38 which, if
duplicated on the back 9, brings you to 76 instead of 85. This is way
outside your comfort zone and the overwhelming likelihood is that you
will completely blow the back 9 to bring you right back to the mid 80s
where you belong. Even if you do score in the 70s
your self talk is likely to be What a lucky day, Ill never
do that again and of course, youll be right!
There are all sorts
of unconscious reasons why we get stuck maybe youd lose
your group of friends if you went to another level, maybe youd
feel uncomfortable having a much better score than your boss. The fact
that you may be stuck in a comfort zone is a fascinating concept to
start exploring. Once you begin to become aware of this possibility
you can take action to step out of the boundaries of your comfort zone
into the score of your desire.
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