Good evening to you all, this is my first blog of the New Year and I hope that it finds you all well after a great festive period. Hopefully you spent lots of time with loved ones, no doubt, eating and drinking too much? This was certainly the case for me as way too much eating and drinking left the scales screaming at me this morning when I stood on them... bet you can't guess what one of my New Years resolutions is? Other than eating and drinking too much I had a very nice Christmas with time spent with both my side of the family and Jane's.
1. Write your goals down
If you have your goals in your head, then that means the goals are not real, they are a figment of your imagination. I can imagine a pink unicorn, but that does not mean it is real! Writing down your goals will give them a sense of reality and something tangible for you.
2. Put them somewhere you can see them
Once you have written them down, put them in a place you will see them often, this will keep them fresh in your mind and remind you of what you want. Stick them to your fridge door or on your mirror. When I write mine down I use them as a wallpaper and screensaver on my laptop that I use to write this blog
The goals that you set must be challenging, yet not so extreme that you are unlikely to attain them. Take your time to consider what goals you want to set and ask yourself the question, 'can I really achieve these goals?' For example, if you are a golfer who plays to a 20 handicap and you set a goal to play of scratch in 6 months, to me, this is unlikely. Once the realisation that this goal is unobtainable then your motivation levels are likely to decrease very quickly.
By all means, push yourself and set ambitious goals, but to make the journey to achieving a goal easier, split it up into smaller goals. A lot of people will use short and long term goals which are often linked together. In the past I have used weekly goals to achieve an overall goal.
Your goals should be reviewed throughout the year and adjusted if necessary, this will maintain your motivation levels and keep them realistic as sometime not achieving a goal can be out of our hands. One of my goals for this year is to play golf at least three times a month, which totals 36 rounds in the year, but what if we get a months worth of snow in February (I hope I have not just jinxed it) or I get injured? Both of these issues are out of my hands, but by reviewing my goals and perhaps changing the 36 to 33 I can still achieve my overall goal.
During a Consultation Lesson with me we set 6 month goals and 12 month goals and constantly review these to see how you are getting on with your targets. These have proved invaluable to my pupils over the course of the year, with the majority of people who set goals with me improving their golf. If you are serious about improving your golf this year then take a consultation lesson with me and together we will set goals that are readily achieveable. Not only will I give you the technical points you need to reach your goals, but I will also provide valuable motivation on your journey to better golf.
Although this is only my first blog of the year, I am afraid that there will not be another one until the end of January. This Sunday sees Jane and I head off to the US for our east coast adventure on our honeymoon and we will not be back until 25th, so expect a blog and a full report soon after that!
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