I’m not one for quotes, mottos, or ‘words to live by’. Like when you walk into people’s apartments, dorm rooms, or even family homes, it’s almost an essential decorative feature.
“Home is where the heart is”
“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful”
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says i’m possible!”
(While I do agree with the first one) These are my favorite tacky motivational quotes that I found online (the last one is the best– Thank you Audrey Hepburn). I don’t really reach for inspirational words of wisdom very often– They just don’t seem to connect with me and really instigate any sort of real positive change other than me thinking,
“Oh yea, I totally agree with that one!”
Yet here I am–
After finishing my articles for the upcoming Cleveland Stater issue, I spent a decent amount of time searching for a combination of words that I can reach for during my tournament over the next couple of days to turn my game around a little bit… or a lot– I’ll take what I can get.
I’ve done everything– practiced. not practiced, read (listened to) a mental game on golf, stopped thinking about golf all together, reached out to my coaches, reached out to my dad, reached out to my mom, reached out to my cat. And things seem to only be getting worse.
I probably shouldn’t be taking golf advice from a cat. Lilly is nothing but trouble.
Now, ironically enough, I’m researching to create words of my own- reaching out to myself to create thoughts that will actually help me feel confident and motivated to be the best I can be on the golf course.
My dad is going to hate me for this, but I actually resonated with Bob Rotella’s ideas and things he has written about the mental game.
So, with the help of Mr. Rotella, here’s what I’ve found and this is what I’m working with to play my very best.
- I don’t have control of where the ball goes. I have control of whether I trust myself.
- I will accept bad breaks and adversity. I will enjoy playing golf.
- I will be decisive and committed.
- I will maintain intensity for every shot; from the 1st tee box to the 18th green.
- I will only focus at the shot at hand and where I want to put the golf ball– technical issues or poor shots in the past will not cross my mind.
It’s kind of a lot. But I really like all of them and I think in a way they all pertain to each other.
I’ve accepted the fact that I will not be doing any sort of competitive golf at a professional level. But I want to be a good teammate, and be the best I can be so we can win— we have the potential. So, with that, I am going to continue to be positive and work hard for as long as I am on this golf team. Hopefully, this will help me do that.