What is the one thing that you kept putting off last golf season that you never got around to? Was it re-gripping your golf clubs, maybe getting fit for your clubs, taking a golf lessons, joining a league, going to a professional golf tournament? Whatever it was, decide right now to put it in your calendar. Here is a helpful tip, use INK! No matter what, commit to getting this one thing done. Procrastination is an epidemic in our busy life. We get so overwhelmed with all the things going on in our lives that the end result becomes inaction. Take this first important step and start your year off right by checking this item off your “to do” list.
Next, use the note side of your calendar to set goals for your golf season. This might be to play golf a certain number of times a week, practice a specific part of your game, reduce your handicap, or play a different golf course each month. Whatever it is that will make your golf season more enjoyable, now is the time to identify it and make it happen. Again, use ink. There is something magical about writing down a goal. First, it gives you focus and when we place our attention on our intention things start to happen. Second, by writing your goal, you affirm a belief that you can do this. Think of the acronym “SMART” when setting your goals. Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. The key is to take small steps that are challenging but achievable in attaining your goal within a certain time frame. Simply write down a monthly goal in the notes section to help keep you focused on your golfing goals.
Take a moment now to see yourself as an explorer looking through a telescope at the world of golf. You see a big wide array of possibility but the details are unclear. You begin to focus the lens and the image becomes clearer. There are so many possibilities and then something catches your attention and it intrigues you. Now that you have it in your sights imagine using a microscope to immerse yourself fully, making note of each minute detail. How does it feel? What does it look like? How does it sound? What do you appreciate about this experience? Remember what we appreciate, appreciates. When we take time to focus on our golfing goals and appreciate this great game we gain more and more value from our experiences on the golf course.
Appreciation is another good use for your calendar this year is to help monitor your golf game. A great way to do this is to identify the number one reason you play golf and track your game accordingly. For example: a fun thing to do if you play golf because you enjoy golf course architecture is to note each golf course you played during the year with a sentence describing what made that course unique. For others who enjoy the social component of the game jot down the names of the different people you played golf with during the season. Including a comment about their game, personality or profession can add a special twist to this entry. Or tack the number of pars, birdies or eagles you had. If you are of a charitable persuasion you might think about donating a dollar amount for each and writing a check to your favorite charity at the end of the season. For the nature enthusiast you might write in the different types of trees, plants or types of wildlife you saw on the golf course. For the competitive types you might even enlist a friend to do the same to see who has more or even compete against yourself from season to season.
You will be amazed at the accumulation of experiences you will have at the end of the golf season. In addition when you take the time to set a goal and write it out you will more fully experience your time on the golf course. We all love this game for many reasons and using your calendar will not only help your focus on your game but reflect on the wonderful experiences of the great game of golf.
Happy 2012 Golf Season to You, may all your golfing dreams come true.