I Want It All and I Want It Now

By: Michael Riggs


ONE Way® founder, Michael Riggs, holds a master’s degree in applied sports psychology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. University of Virginia is recognized worldwide for its emphasis on research and innovation in the field of performance psychology. As an educator, Michael has opened the minds of students at all levels, encouraging them to “dream big.” As a multi-sport athlete and longtime coach, he’s worked with athletes from skilled amateurs to professionals. And as a business professional, he’s fostered innovation.

Using the ONE Way platform, each client is personally guided by a ONE Way certified Coach to realize his unlimited potential. ONE Way Coaches serve as objective guides who empower their client to become their own catalyst for change. Since 1996, Performance Consulting Ltd.has offered one-on-one personal coaching, group workshops, and custom presentations for athletes, business executives, and organizations seeking to think better…perform better…live better.

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 over.

S² Tip

Be patient when it comes to making change. Never stop working, but allow adequate time to make the change.

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