Swing Thoughts is created to help
players seeking greater levels of success and
satisfaction (S²) in their games by offering
fresh and entertaining perspectives into the
mental side of golf.
“I mean, come on, get real. Afraid of
success? That’s ridiculous. Why do you think
I practice, and sacrifice, and train, and
compete, anyway? To succeed!! I’ve always
sought success. That is what drives me. Plus,
look at all of my accomplishments... those
certainly aren’t the result of a fear of
success. Are they?”
It certainly seems like a strange concept,
at first take, but maybe, just maybe there is
something to the possibility of being afraid to
succeed. For example, success brings on
heightened expectations. After all, the
spotlight isn’t shining on those “in the middle
of the pack” Or, consider the possibility
that deep down you aren’t sure if you have the
resources to commit to all that it would take
to succeed. Or, have you reconciled that being
successful might cause you to act in ways that
you aren’t comfortable or familiar?
Let’s take a little quiz. Answer the
following questions “Yes,” “No,” or “”Maybe.”
• Are you unable to make a total commitment
to being the best player you can be?
• Do you have a pattern of injury or illness
before a big round?
• Does your training vary in quality and
• Do you stay within tour “comfort zone” in
practice and competition?
• Do you avoid things that will make you
improve? For example, purchasing better
equipment, or investing in a better diet.
• Do you trade what you want the most
(goals) for what you want right now (relief)?
• Do you rationalize why it is O.K. to fall
short of your goals?
If you answered “yes” to three or more of
these questions you may have a significant fear
of success. But, what can you do about it?
Here are some helpful steps...
Tip # 1 Look inside and choose to
change. Take a long hard look at the answers
to the qui and accept the fact that you have
fear. Fear is a normal reaction to challenge
and uncertainty, but demand of yourself the
courage to work towards dispelling the fear.
Tip # 2 Require an excellent effort
at all times. Don’t settle for less. This
doesn’t mean you will always win, but, you will
know that you gave it your best shot.
Tip # 3 See success. Whenever you
think about competing do not allow yourself to
see failure. Instead, replace the fearful or
unsuccessful shot with a perfect one.
TipRedefine success from
something that will expose you to something
that will fulfill you.
In Another's Word
..."A man's doubts and fears are
his worst enemies. " -- William Wrigley Jr.,
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