When I was a child, my mom used to say to
me, "Michael, patience is a virtue." I guess
that she saw something that I hadn't. I wanted
things to happen NOW. Whether it was standing
in line at the grocery store, arriving at our
family vacation destination, or wanting to get
out of a batting slump in Jr. baseball. I was
ready for change... NOW! I had to learn, and am
still learning, that change takes time. And,
the more patience that is exhibited in the
process of change, the speed of that change
occurring, paradoxically, increases.
With the invent of immediate downloads,
lightning quick computers, fast food
drive-thrus, and instant communications, we
have all been conditioned to expect things NOW!
While an immediate hot burger or download may
make our lives better, these same NOW
expectations within the game of golf are
counter-productive. Especially, when our
expectations relate to change.
Golf is a game of patience.
A change of swing, grip, address, attitude,
practice technique, self-talk, and the like,
take time. Sometimes, a reeeaaal looonnnggg
time. The stages of change, from recognition of
the need to change, to the planning of the
process of change, to committing to the
process, to the execution of practicing the
change, to actual performance with the new
technique takes time... and patience.
So, if you are the sort that needs things
yesterday, it would be a great idea to change
your thinking about your golf game. When change
is necessary for improvement, be patient with
yourself and allow the change to happen slowly,
decisively, and deliberately. In this manner,
the change will be lasting and permanent. Plus,
you will enjoy the ride more - not wish it were
Be patient when it comes to making change.
Never stop working, but allow adequate time to
make the change.