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The Monkey Mind
If you have read The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf or many of my mental tips, you have heard me tell you over and over to focus on improving the process and allow the outcome to take care of itself. Part of the process is to play in the present without thinking, especially about the future outcome.
The quickest way to lower your score is to stop thinking about the outcome, be in the present and instinctively hit the ball. By doing this you optimize your brain's chemistry and dramatically increase your ability to perform. If you are fortunate to be able to play in the zone, you know from personal experience the fastest way to lose being in the zone is to start thinking, especially about the outcome.
Since many of you have been programmed by society to be outcome oriented, here is an image called the "monkey mind" that may help you let go of your propensity to hold onto outcome thinking.
In India monkeys are pests and people don't like to have them around. They catch monkeys by making cages with bars just big enough for monkeys' fingers to slip through. Inside the cage is a shiny object that is very attractive to monkeys. When the monkeys see this shiny object, they slide their fingers through the bars to grab it and won't let go. Rather, than letting go of the shiny object to be free, the monkeys hold on and get caught.
Your mind is restless and loves to think. When addressing the ball, your mind will think about many things, especially the outcome and swing thoughts, if you let it. Start viewing these thoughts as shiny objects. Decide if you want to continue holding onto these shiny objects and be caught up in thinking or let go of them and be free to play on instinct.
Instead of holding onto these shiny objects with a "monkey mind," let them go. You can get control of your mind by constant practice and striving to let go of your thoughts by focusing totally on your target and seeing your ball when you hit it. If you do, your mind will be free of thoughts and your scores will fall.
Keep polishing your wheel,
If you have not read The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf or listened to my audio Using The Mental To Polish The Wheel, your mental game will benefit greatly by seeing the whole picture instead of just pieces contained in these mental tips. Click to Lower Your Score
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