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How to Regroup -- Quickly

What do you do when you start out slow, or fast and your game falls apart? How do you regroup quickly while you are playing a round of golf before it's too late and you end up with a much higher score than you are capable of shooting?

If you don't have a plan for regrouping quickly, here are three questions that will help you get back on track fast. First, ask yourself "What time is it?" The answer is always NOW.

If you are upset about previous bad shots, you are living in the past. If you have fear about repeating past bad shots, you are living in the future. By asking yourself "What time is it?" you are reminding yourself that you can only play in the present, which is NOW. How well you perform in the present determines how well you execute your next shot. So stop agonizing about the past and worrying about the future and realize that NOW is the only time that exists.

Once you are in the present, ask yourself "Is my glass half full or half empty?" Every shot has a probability of success of making the shot and a probability of failure of not making the shot. If you are thinking about the probability of missing your next shot, you are playing with a glass that is half empty. At this point, start focusing totally on the probability of making your next shot, if everything goes right and expect everything to go right, so you can play with a glass that is half full. See my mental tip "Half full or half empty."

The final question to ask yourself is "Do I believe?" This question has two parts. One, do you believe that you can make the next shot if everything goes right? Two, do you believe that everything can go right? No one is a fortune teller and you don't know what will happen, but if you BELIEVE that you can make the shot if everything goes right and BELIEVE that everything can go right, you raise your chemistry and increase the probability of making your next shot.

If you don't BELIEVE, you are back at question one where you are not in the present or at question two where your glass is half empty.

If this is the case, make sure you have a talk with yourself and ask yourself these three questions. What time is it? Is my glass half full? Do I believe? If your answers are NOW, YES and YES, you will regroup very quickly. If not, select an easier shot that you believe that you can make if everything goes right. Otherwise, old man golf is going to have a field day and kick your butt.

Since it takes time to reprogram your tape, start asking yourself these questions NOW before your next round of golf when the battle begins on the six inch golf course between your ears. If you do, you will regroup quickly. It's your choice.

Keep polishing your wheel,

Michael Anthony

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