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MESSAGE #1589 DON’T SAY DON’T

DON’T THINK ABOUT A PINK ELEPHANT!

Did you just think about a pink elephant?

Of course you did. This happens because the brain doesn’t know the word “don’t.”

All the brain hears is “pink elephant.”

So if you are getting ready to do your gymnastics routine or drive the golf ball, avoid saying “Don’t mess up” or “Don’t hit it into the water” because you will probably mess up and hit it into the water. Instead, say something like “Focus on your routine” or “Aim for the center of the hole.”

Don’t look where you don’t want to go.

MESSAGE #1471

Thinking too much about how you are doing when you are doing it is disastrous.
-Harvey Penick

MESSAGE #1468 GOLF

I recently began working with a young golfer. This golfer has all the talent in the world, but is his own worst enemy. During practice, he performs unbelievably, but under pressure, he unfolds.

Golf is challenging because there is a lot of down-time. A lot of time to think.

The tournament prior to my last session with this golfer, he played poorly. But the next day, he played great…in practice. So during my session with him, I focused on creating a pre-shot routine.

And I told him to focus only on his pre-shot routine during his next tournament.

Guess what?

He won first place.

Everyone works on the physical game, but the ones that succeed are the ones that work on their mental game.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center
609.558.1077
ed@edtseng.com

MESSAGE #1451 CONFIDENCE

Without confidence, a golfer is little more than a hacker.
-Bobby Jones

Feel free to substitute the word “golfer” for “tennis player,” “salesperson,” or “musician.”

MESSAGE #1427 MENTAL TOUGHNESS IN GOLF

The greatest golfers in the world have a pre-shot routine.

The worst golfers in the world don’t.

A pre-shot routine may include taking a deep breath, visualizing, and just doing it (trusting your shot).

A routine also helps you focus less on what’s going on around you, and more on what’s going on inside you. Think of yourself as being a hurricane—on the outside, things are out of control, but on the inside (the eye of the hurricane), things are calm and in control.

Pre-shot routines also create consistency. And consistency in routines equate to consistency in your game.

This principle applies to school and the business world too. A consistent routine gets you consistent results.

And no routine is still a routine.

What is YOUR routine?

MESSAGE #1330 HOW TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE

Golfer, Jack Nicklaus (above) once said…

When fear starts to hit me, my best chance of overcoming it lies in facing it squarely and examining it rationally. Here’s what I tell myself. ‘OK, what are you frightened of? You’ve obviously played well or you wouldn’t be here…Well, go ahead and enjoy yourself. Play each shot one at a time and meet the challenge.’

Pressure is created in your mind. It is your choice whether you look at a situation as pressure or as a challenge. Who doesn’t love a challenge?

The next time you are in a “pressure” situation, coach yourself like Jack Nicklaus and react rationally. If your thoughts are irrational, accept them, let them go and then go out and kick some butt.

MESSAGE #1174 HOW TO BE A QUITTER

“Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up.”
-NANCY LOPEZ

 

MESSAGE #1006 WHAT WINNERS DO WHEN THEY LOSE…

I never prayed that I would make a putt. I prayed that I would react well if I missed. -CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ, golfer

How do you react when you miss a shot, or lose a match?