How to Monitor Your Negative Thoughts on the Golf Course ?

 
 

If you cannot manage your thoughts on the golf course esp. negative and confidence deflating thoughts, you are sabotaging your performance.

Your mind controls your body, and your mind is programmed by your daily thoughts. On the top of that, most of the time you may not even know when you are thinking negatively – because 90% of human thoughts become habitual, which means it can no longer be noticed by your conscious mind.

To monitor your negative thoughts on the golf course, you need to start observing your thoughts consciously after a bad shot. What are your thoughts? Are they positive or negative? If your thoughts are negative, you are going to spoil your next shot.

 
     
 

First Step to Monitor Your Negative Thoughts on the Golf Course - Notice your thoughts.

 
 

Negative thoughts appear not only in the form of thoughts, but also appear in our everyday speech and the words we use.

To monitor your negative thoughts on the golf course, you must monitor your speech and your thoughts whilst on the golf course is essential.

Second Step to Monitor Your Negative Thoughts on the Golf Course - Remove your negative thoughts immediately upon discovering them.

 
 
Technique Monitor Your Negative Thoughts on the Golf Course :  Replace the negative thought with the positive immediately upon discovering it by asking yourself what I want and what my goal is.
 

Examples of Negative Self-talk :

Let us look at some of the examples of negative self-talk :

 
   
1. “Shit, I have hit a bad shot?”
   
2. “It’s not my day today.”
   
3. “I just don’t have it today.”
   
4. “I cannot buy a put today.”
   
5. “It’s not happening, let’s quit the game.”
 
   
     
 
It is very important to understand that positive as well as negative self-talk have a significant impact on our mood, attitude and efficiency and also on those around us. Let me explain this to you more clearly by giving you an example, if you say that you do not want to hit the ball into the bunker, the first picture that would come to your mind would be about the ball going into the bunker. This is how our subconscious mind works, it does not understand the negative suggestion, thus, you should talk and communicate to your subconscious mind what you aim at not what you want to avoid. You need to talk positively to yourself about the shot you have to play. Here’s an exercise that will explain you how to do it.
   
 

Exercise to Monitor Your Negative Thoughts on the Golf Course :

 
 

Ask your caddie to observe what you are talking verbally. If you say a negative statement, ask your caddie to say SWITCH, and when he says the word ‘switch’ you should immediately switch that negative words to positive. This way you will be able to monitor your negative thoughts immediately upon discovering them.

Example 1: If you say, ‘I do not want to miss the putt,’ now when your caddie says switch, change the negative statement immediately to ‘I am going to hole it.’

Example 2: If you say, ‘I do not want to put the ball into the bunker,’ now when your caddie says switch, change the negative statement immediately to ‘I want to put the ball into the mid of the fairway.’

Switch is the most powerful word that helps change a negative thought or statement to positive.

 
 

Positive Affirmations to Monitor Your Negative Thoughts on the Golf Course :

 
1. “I am playing very good today. I can visualize achievement on every shot.”
   
2. “I am confident and positive. Today I’ll live my dreams.”
   
3. “Today I’ll put all of my efforts in making my vision real.”
   
4. “I am in the present moment. I am clearly focused on every shot.”
   
5. “I can do this. I am a great putter.”
 
   
     
 

Conclusion:

 
You need to be constantly feeding your conscious mind with the positive affirmation to monitor your negative thoughts on the golf course and to gain positive outcome. Positive self-talk (affirmations) work when you believe in the power of it. Simply saying that you are going to hit a good shot the next time without actually believing it does not do any good to you.