If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and this is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings – Susan Polis Schultz
The desire to play, practice, report, discuss, read or dream about one specific thing can have an awesome effect on ones life. It is important to have a goal that makes you happy and stokes the desire to achieve greatness. For some it is building furniture, others helping the less fortunate, or for some being an expert in a particular field of study. There really are no limitations. Only the person can decide.
Over the years, many goals have come and gone. Some were accomplished, some not. Regardless, having a goal has always helped me focus on whatever I wanted to achieve. Through it all, there have been two lifetime goals that I have always kept close.
First is my family. To be the best husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend I can be. This is an ongoing goal and one that will last my lifetime.
The second goal is to be a scratch golfer. To be a scratch golfer takes discipline, willingness to be a student, openness to try new things and a mental focus that is sharper than most. Through the years, this goal has faded in and out because of life, but has periodically rose from the ashes of neglect like a fiery Phoenix.
This year, I find that desire rising again. So after some introspection, I decided to go for it and have come up with a four step plan. Here it is:
- get fit – focus on exercises designed to improve my golf game;
- research – the drills and techniques required to improve my game;
- practice – dedicate time to practice to improve my game; and
- compete – either formally or informally compete every time I hit the links.
This may seem like a simple plan, but I assure you it is not. Over the next few months, I will be sharing what I find, my progress, and how I refine each step to achieve my goal.
My first step starts today – I must develop a growth mindset! I have to change my thoughts from “I think” to “I can” – I believe I have no limitations and I will achieve my goal. I am ready for the challenge. The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach is a great video that explains the attitude shift required to achieve my goal of being a scratch golfer.
This is going to be a fantastic year. I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
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Jim, how does the chase to scratch go, by the way? I’m so far out of the golf loop right now it’s not even funny. I do, however, know the Ryder Cup is this week, so there is that.
My question to you is this: Did you ever find a coach? If you’re trying to get to scratch without a person you trust who can act as a sounding board, extra set of eyes, etc….I think you’re shortchanging yourself.
I’m guessing you have equipment that fits your swing, right?
Your questions are extremely valid. My gear is good. I have been buying the right wedges and drivers over the years. I am ready for new irons, but not quite yet. I did go to a PGA tour clinic, albeit late in the season, and it changed quite a bit of stuff. I am hitting the ball 20 yards farther off the tee, that has help quite a bit. Unfortunately, the season is coming to an end. I was as low as 2.8! Best ever. Next year, even lower.
Thanks for checking in! I have missed your sage insights.
2.8 is awesome! Nice work, and 20 yards longer helps. Keep challenging yourself.
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Go for it Jim – let me know if I can help you reach your goal in any way.
Thanks. I appreciate the support!