Mental Training and Your Life
You can do a lot to improve your mental game for golf during the off-season by applying these lessons to your life. Even if you live where the weather is warm and sunny, you can work on improving your mental game everyday by applying the principles of "the mental steps" to your life.
The same negative emotions that upset your chemistry while playing golf are present in your daily life. The only difference is that during a round of golf the feedback is immediate and easy to see because it affects your performance and score. The negative emotions in your life may take days, weeks, months or even years to catch up with you in one way or another. As a result, you pay little attention to the negative emotions in your daily life and allow them to continue to exist.
If you have a strong desire to be in control of your emotions on the golf course in order to lower your score, make it a habit to say at least 10 times every day this Daily Affirmation "I am always truthful, positive and helping others".
When you do, follow Shakespeare's advice in Hamlet, "To Thine Own Self Be True." Without being true to yourself, the Daily Affirmation of "I am always truthful, positive and helping others" will only be eight hollow words without meaning to you. Empty words will not increase your self-awareness of the negative emotions that are into your habits.
However, if you are true to yourself and make it a habit to reflect on the Daily Affirmation throughout the day, you will become very aware whenever you attach negative emotions to the facts in your life. Once your awareness of what is into your habits increases, then you can start to reprogram your unconscious and stop attaching negative emotions to the facts you encounter in your daily life.
Your unconscious wants to do its job, which is to have you repeat or make similar responses to what you have done in the past. If you have fear or get angry in your daily life, you will have fear and get angry on the golf course. Your fear and anger will cost you strokes when you play golf.
However, if you take the time to mentally train yourself to reduce the fear and anger you may experience in your daily life, it will become easy to do it while you are playing golf. Once you reduce or eliminate the negative emotions from recurring into your habits, you will be amazed at how well you can play golf and how much happier and productive your life off the golf course will become.
If you are in the off-season, you have plenty of time to reread these tips several times and work on reducing or eliminating the negative emotions from your unconscious in your daily life. If you do, your mental game will be much improved when your golf season begins.
The same holds true for you if you are blessed with good weather. If you desire to keep improving your mental game, make the time to reread these tips and apply the Daily Affirmation to your life.
P.S.: A major difference in the golf scores of pro's versus those of high handicappers is not only the swing, but also the way they think and how they approach situations. Here is a book that explains how the pros think and why you should start thinking that way too!