A Growth Mindset About Golf

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

A Growth Mindset About Golf

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.

Pheonix RebornThe 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:

  1. get fit – focus on exercises designed to improve my golf game;
  2. research – the drills and techniques required to improve my game;
  3. practice – dedicate time to practice to improve my game; and
  4. 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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  8. 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?


    • Rick

      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.



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