As the anticipation grows for Christmas Day, it is easy to become wrapped up in the craziness of the holiday season. It is a time for fun, laughter, and good times for many. Luckily, I am one because I have a blessed life and find Christmas time enjoyable and refreshing.
For me, this is a time for reflection and gratitude for the blessings in my life. Each year, I am astounded by the sense of happiness when I spend time with family and friends. Of course, this is not the same feeling for everyone and for those who are finding this time of year very difficult, I will be sending you positive thoughts in the hopes that it may bring some relief to your troubled times.
The day before Christmas is also the time I like to think about my golf game. Because I am in a great mood, my reflection breeds optimism and hope for the upcoming golf season. I have discussed training, stretching, and putting in previous posts, however I have not really focused on the mental side of my game….yet!
It appears from my recent poll that I am not the only one who has the same challenges. The mental aspect of golf is the most challenging, especially for beginners; as the old saying goes ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’! Until I spend time focusing on improving my mental game, it will not get better. It is a challenge I will address more this year with the intent of being a stronger player during difficult periods of my round.
The ‘how to be mentally stronger’ can wait for another day. At this moment, I have achieved my goal of identifying what’s next in my game and now I am heading back to being in the moment and enjoying the time with my family.
I hope your day is full of fun and laughter. Remember that you still have one more day to be nice; if you are not, Santa just might leave you a lump of coal in your stocking instead of golf balls!
I am a grateful golfer! Enjoy your holidays!