Tell me – I forget, Show me – I remember, Involve me – I will understand”

Confucius

Golf Coaching Sussex – Reflection of 2016. Improve in 2017!

It’s that time of year to reflect.
2017 is now here, another year, another challenge, will you make it better than 2016? Yes you will.

For some we have already started this process and reflected on the year passed and then set some defined goals for 2017. I will look to do this with all of you when I next see you, but till then I would encourage you start the reflection process yourself.

For example, did you achieve what you wanted in 2016. If so what was your strategy and formula, is that worth repeating again? Can you improve it further?
Do you want more in 2017? If so what strategies do you need to change, what new formulas and behaviours must you now consider? Don’t be afraid to keep pushing to stay slightly above your current skill level; this is where maximise growth and learning take place. I have just been reading a book by Dr Dave Alfred (Jonny Wilkinson kicking coach) and he calls this the ‘ugly zone’. We basically have to break out the comfort zone and break our current habits. But be prepared, although this journey can be fun, it will require energy and hard work.

So lets consider the following in more detail:

What happened in 2016?

Celebrate your successes, what went well, what did you achieve?

For example, did you shoot a personal best, achieve a competition win, a handicap reduction, improved your G.I.R’s, beat a family member, play more, or practise better.
The list is endless, and indidivdual to you, so have a good think about it to define at least 3.

Write down at least 3 accomplishments:
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What were your biggest disappointments of 2016?

To move forward, you have to be upfront and honest about what didn’t go well? We learn from our greatest failures and experiences.
Write down at least 3 disappointments:
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What did you learn in 2016? – What discoveries did you make, what did you really learn, big or small?
Write down at least 3 things you learnt:
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What do you want to learn and master in 2017?

You might want to learn to shape the ball, or you want to take your range game onto the golf course. You might want to become a better putter from 10 foot or learn to control your nerves and anxiety better in competitions. What is important to you? And what will make you better?
Write down at least 3 things you want to learn:

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What do you really want to achieve in 2017? What are your key goals and aspirations?

Do you have some outcome goals, maybe improving your handicap, if so, what do you realistically think you can achieve? Could it be achieving a personal best or winning a club championship, county order of merit?
What about some performance goals, improving distance off the tee, holing more short range putts?
And finally process goals – practising better, keeping statistics on your game, regular coaching?

Jot down some thoughts;
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I can then assist you further and then create some leverage and structure behind each goal.

Goal setting is vital for your clarity, purpose, vision and motivation. I recommend you do it. It will help you get through the ‘ugly zone’

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that” Earl Nightingale

I would be intrigued to hear your answers, so please let me know.

Write down some thoughts and take action today!

“A year from now – you wish you had started today” Karen Lamb

ALL THE BEST AND GOOD LUCK IN 2017.

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