Do You Think Consistent With Your Golf?

I’ve got an amazing lesson for you here today on getting consistent.

Start off by thinking about, or better yet, writing down your top 3 reasons
for why you play golf.

Go ahead and do this, it will be worth your while. Don’t read ahead until you
really do this, it will be worth it for you…

Ok, got that down?

I’ve had a number of clients in my office lately that are having trouble with consistency
for their game.  I ask them what they think about before, during, and after the round with
respect to their game.

I hear all sorts of answers for each person…

They mention these types of typical thoughts:

Before:

1. I need to get out and practice more
2. I wonder if I can beat my playing partner/rival/best score
3. Wish I could have holed that putt on the 14th hole

During:

1. This hole always gets me
2. This hole is my favorite
3. I need to get a new putter
4. I’m just not driving well today
5. I need this next shot/putt to shoot a ____

After:

1. If weren’t for that out of bounds drive on the 6th, I’d have shot a _____
2. Why can’t I put together 18 good holes when I can have 9 good ones?
3. If only I would have __________
4. Dang, I’m so angry that I ______
5. I did pretty well with my ________ game.

One of the biggest secrets to playing consistent golf is to think consistently.

Yeah, yeah, I know, you’ve all heard it before…”play one shot at a time”
Yes, that’s good advice but easier said than done.

Now, a little test for you…

What’s the consistent thinking among those types of comments above?
Haven’t figured it out yet?  I put a few zingers in there to get you really thinking.

It’s “judgement” or “comparing” that is the consistent thinking in the examples above.

What if your consistent thinking was centered around one of the top 3 reasons you
play golf instead?

Which of those would you like to have running through all of your thoughts throughout
your golf life, on and off the course?

Would you have more fun and enjoy the game more? Would that keep you calm and
in the flow more?

I’m not asking you to do anything crazy here. Just suggesting that you think about the
things that are most important to you about this amazing golf with everything you do.

When I ask a golfer, “why do you play golf?” I rarely hear “to score lower.” And if I do, I then ask
him “what does scoring lower get for you?”  And he will answer with some sort of response that it
feels great and he carries that great feeling with him all week long.

So, it’s not really the low score…it’s the great feeling that is at the heart of the motivation to golf.

What if you could feed the feeling first with consistent thinking? The scores would go down as
a side benefit…

Think about it…

Greens and fairways,

Craig

Just Hit it Straight dammit!

You want the ball to go straight. You take lessons to line up your body parts and you hit practice balls all day long to try to make this happen.  Just hit it straight dammit! Right?  I’m here to tell you that this is the essence of the game…stop confusing it all up and making it difficult.

I’m also constantly asked about how to get Focus into your game. Of course, I usually answer that the secret is to golf with your unconscious mind and have a system for playing that allows that to happen WHILE having fun.

The following is  a shortcut for you and it was sent to me by one of my clients.  See how this can apply to you. It could just solve a huge amount of your problems…he asked to remain anonymous….

Greens and fairways,

Craig

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Dear Craig,

Thank you very much for the e-mail and a happy new year to you too. The New Year celebrations loom large in the lives of us Scots and I’m afraid some of the health issues you promote go out the window.
I want to share with you something that happened to me me and three golfing friends yesterday which I think  think helps to demonstrate the power of non negative thoughts at address.
Every year a whole bunch of us go way on a golf trip somewhere in the UK in the Spring and yesterday 4 of us decided to “recce” a course we fancied playing but didn’t know. Unfortunately, when we got there the place was enveloped in fog but having driven about two hours to get there we decided to play anyway.
What followed was very curious: none of us knew the course at all and had no idea on any tee what was beyond 100 yards i.e. we could not see any hazards, be they ponds, bunkers, out-of-bounds. burns or rough. All we knew was a rough direction in which the green lay.
Well, the guys I play with are not at all accurate off the tee but yesterday we were all banging the ball down the middle – straight off the tee and when the round was finished we all remarked upon this which gave me an opportunity to share some of the golf psychology stuff I’ve been learning from your programme and I have to say it made sense to them that if there was no visual imagery of trouble that the brain could see they seemed to swing better.
Also, I thought there existed a kind of “no blame” attitude so if they found trouble it wasn’t really their fault and they relaxed more. One of the guys is now contemplating wearing a gauze veil in future.
Whist writing I would like you to know that the most beneficial thing I have learned from the cd’s is to smile a lot. You’re right! It’s impossible to have negative thoughts while smiling and I do it a lot now and I find the whole game so much more enjoyable regardless of the outcome.
I’m an 11 handicapper so I normally shoot in the low 80’s but I do believe this will be year the one in which I become single figure man and, in the main, it will be down to a better mental condition.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and I look forward to more info from you.
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Here’s another trick…go out and play a practice round with nothing longer than your 5-iron. This will teach you some amazing things about strategy, the value of keeping the ball in play, and how well your chipping really is and where you should be spending any practice time you can…even if it’s just in your backyard…
Craig

Stress is killing your scores

I want to wake you up to something that very few golfers and instructors are aware of and even less teach you anything about how to deal with it…

stress kills not only your body, but your game.
I’m always teaching my golfers and other athletes that the way you live is the way you play. The mental attitudes you practice at home and work are what you use at the course. Time after time we watch a great pro at the top of his game suddenly fall off the leaderboard for months or even years. When we read about him/her, we find out about marital problems, substance abuse (can you say John Daly) and other such issues off the course.

Athletes in my office all learn how to use the tools that they will use on the course at home and at work to prepare for that eventual pressure situation in competition. And by the way, competition also means competing with yourself for your best rounds.

This all reminds me of the days when I was a stressed-out manager at Fedex Express. It’s no wonder that I struggled for so long with golf while I was so poor at managing my life, especially with regards to stress. At the course, when I faced pressure, I tensed up and my body created anxiety over the putts I needed to make. That response worked great for work but not for my golf game. I didn’t know any different back then.  The inevitable choke followed that anxiety.

At that time, golf itself was a major stress reliever but I didn’t put two and two together that my stress load was actually part of the problem keeping me from reaching my golf goal of breaking 80. Looking back, I carried that stress in my body from work right on over to the course.

In many surveys, doctors are reporting around 80% of all patient visits are due to stress.
While I was struggling with my game, I was also struggling with marriage, finances, and of course, my career. I was sick a lot, had back pains and drank too much to self-medicate.

It’s no accident that the best rounds of golf that I played during those years came when I was on vacation. Do you remember how you feel when you are totally away from worrying about what goes on at the office or your clients?  You relax, you enjoy, you have more fun…you play better.

My single-digit handicap and best round, a 1 under par, all came after I left that job to do what I’m doing now. Did I practice more? No. It was like my body was rewarding me for finally eliminating all of that stress.

Now, if you’re not so concerned about your scores, then by all means, use golf itself as a stress-reliever.

And when you do that, notice the mechanism you used to switch over to being de-stressed. I want you to realize that it wasn’t the game that de-stressed you.

You did it.

Golf was just a sensory stimulus that you allowed for that mechanism to work for you. You can use that at work and home to better manage your stress…your body will thank you.

A de-stressed golfer plays ten times better. An enjoyable game of golf de-stresses you for better performance at work.

The way you live is the way you play and vice versa.

For those of you that don’t go to a regular job that think I’m not talking about you, think again. Stress is relative for everyone.  A homemaker may not have to write a report and create a spreadsheet under a deadline but it is just as stressful juggling the many responsibilities of caring for a family.

Your unconscious mind IS your body. It’s the collective intelligence of all the cells. You use your body for golf don’t you? It’s time to do something about your stress.

I have a saying about stress…change it, change me, or get sick.

Here’s a few things that you can do right now to reduce or eliminate some unnecessary stress in your life and your game:

1. Get organized. Use lists, your personal organizing software, your cellphone, a spreadsheet, bulletin boards. Get things out of your head and onto some form of organizing tool. Allow that tool or system to take care of the issue so that you can just leave that issue with the paper or the electronic device.  If your home is disorganized and cluttered, there are people in your hometown who are professional organizers that will come to your place and make you very happy.

2.  Learn to say “NO.” Do not take on more things when your plate is full. Ask a friend or partner to remind you that you are strengthening your “NO” muscle.  You cannot be a success in business or golf when you are more worried about what people will think of you. What is it that you want more?  Wake up to the fact that saying YES to everything is not what you really want.

3. Set or clarify your goals. Vague, undefined goals are one of the biggest causes of stress. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?  Use this everywhere in life.

I will write some more about this very soon but for now, WAKE UP! Get out of that stress trance.

I like to say that I do more “de-hypnotizing” than I do “hypnotizing”

Greens and fairways,
Craig

Play golf in the zone

I am working with folks every day in my office for such things as chronic pain relief, weight loss, sports performance and various other such problems. Yes, I use hypnosis, NLP and other unconscious communication techniques. With every client, I teach them how to PLAY or LIVE in the zone over the course of a few sessions. This doesn’t generally happen overnight but the more I do this work, the more I am finding that it takes care of everything!

In other words, we can do specific interventions to solve specific problems but guess what, the unconscious mind (ucm) finds other ways to manifest the greater problem…and the client just trades one problem for another.

I received a question from one of the members who has gone through my CD program and has a serious golf problem that he hasn’t been able to solve with any amount of practicing.  Here’s the part of my answer that teaches him some basics of how to PLAY and LIVE in the zone.  It’s really quite simple folks…most of you over-analyze everything (so do I at times).

…stop trying to “fix the problem” that obviously hasn’t worked for awhile. Time to do something different. You’ve been giving a lot of thought energy to this problem for awhile I’m guessing and that actually makes it worse. Put it aside and watch it go away from the following steps.  Believe that it will and that you have the keys to make that happen…

Step 1. Set an intention.
Your intention is not to fix this problem. It is to establish communication with your ucm and play in the zone all of the time.
Sit down one day quietly in your easy chair and relax. Talk to yourself as you understand the paradigm I’ve explained here and in the program.  Make friends with your ucm, call him (Name) #2 if you want.  You must put all of your heart into this while in a completely easy, relaxed state. Believe that what you are doing is as REAL as anything else you’ve done in your life…because it is. It’s at least as REAL as your problem is now isn’t it?  Make a big deal afterward about what you did. Be happy about it.

Step 2. Repetition
Every night before you go to bed, go over what you did in step 1. Continue the conversation and make friends and ask your ucm to support you in your golf game. Tell it that the game makes you happy, relieves stress (it better or your ucm won’t help you out. If it doesn’t, that may be why it is causing the problem so that you quit the game.), improves your health with the exercise, movement, and fresh air and is
all good for the body.  If golf isn’t good for your body, then your ucm will do things to make you quit.

Step 3. Let it all go.
You need to do a ceremony for yourself about forgiving yourself for all the misses. Do this like in step 1 in your easy chair. Go over all the misses of this problem that you can remember and state something about those that you can’t. Forgive yourself with all the love you can conjur up.
Clear all that out and then fall asleep to a nice little nap.

Step 4. Play the game for fun
Go out and play some rounds ONLY with the idea that you are going to have fun this time. You don’t care about your score. Notice how your body feels and what you are thinking about as you play this way. When you make mistakes (and you will), remember that you forgive yourself easily for them and laugh about them.  Open your senses to the sights, sounds, smells, feel, even tastes of the golf course. Pay
very close attention to what your senses take in and nothing else while having fun on the course.  Really enjoy everything about being on a golf course and doing your favorite activity.  See how much fun you really can have. Laugh and smile a lot!
Step 5. Repeat and reinforce on and off the course.
Do all the steps above in your mind any time you have spare moments to think or daydream. Smile and laugh at how easy this all becomes.
Think about the reasons why you play golf in the first place. On the course, smile a heck of a lot more while thinking of these things.
Know that you are in the process of not only playing IN THE ZONE…but LIVING IN THE ZONE.

Let me know how it goes.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

Scoring Barriers

So many golfers get stuck at a certain scoring level. Why can’t I break 80 or 90 or whatever?  This is why I named this break 80 golf because I was in the same boat for years. I tried everything…lessons, range practice, I read all the best magazine articles, I bought products, etc. etc.

I had never been a failure at anything! And for 20 years, this golf thing had me beat. I couldn’t “figure” my way out of it. I couldn’t “will” my way to making it happen. Then, one day, I give up the game. I throw in the towel. I put the clubs in that corner of the garage that you know you don’t see very often.

And then…a few months later, one fine day, it happened on a weekend trip to Central Oregon. I not only finally broke 80, but I shot a 77! It was unbelievable to me…and so easy it was surreal.

Looking back and knowing what I know now I believe I have the answers as to how I really did it.

The most important thing is…I stopped “trying.”

Yep. Now, I’m not saying that I gave up my idea of breaking 80. But I did stop practicing and grinding about the whole thing.

I want you to think about the word “try” or “trying” for a moment here now. In my therapy office, whenever a client says the word “try” like in: “I really want to try this hypnotherapy” to see if it works.  I then, stop them right there and ask them to to “try” to grab a pen I hold in my hand. They are always successful at grabbing the pen because I just hold my hand there open and they grab it. I then tell them that they didn’t follow my instructions.

If they had followed my instructions, they would have made  attempts at grabbing the pen and then not succeeded. I then explain that if I would have said to “grab the pen” then that would have followed my instructions.

What’s the point here? First of all, we do not use the word “try” in my office except when talking about “trying” a new food that is healthy to see if the client likes it or not (for my weight loss clients).

Language is important. Sometimes your unconscious mind is listening…and sometimes it is doing the speaking.

The word “try” implies that you CAN POSSIBLY FAIL.  This is not tolerated in my office and my teachings.

Next, and getting back to breaking the scoring barrier…Yes, you need to have your golf goal declared and on paper…and then…let it go.

Do not dwell on that scoring barrier. The more thought and energy you give to that scoring barrier goal, the stronger and more resistant it becomes in your mind. The more your unconscious mind makes a big deal out of it and gets the message that this “barrier” is a “thing”…a “force” or an “entity.”

Your daily goal out on the course will not be to “break that scoring barrier.” It will be to ENTER THE ZONE…

When you play in the zone, that’s when you break your scoring barrier. Trying to break your scoring barrier prevents you from entering the zone which stops you from breaking your scoring barrier.

Next time, I will talk more about the zone….

These days, I not only play in the zone, I LIVE in it. And I teach all my clients how to get there.

Greens and fairways,

Craig

The Golf Magazines Have it All Wrong

I’ve canceled my golf magazines! I’ve decided that in today’s post, I’m going to go off on a little rant. Now, I’ve been calling myself the Golf Anti-practice expert for awhile. What does that really mean? It means that I am against the constant drum beating into our heads about the only way to get better at golf. That you have to strive to get a “pro” swing blah, blah, blah. Yeah, I know, you’ve heard me say it before in my articles and such. Well, I’m taking it to a new level. I’m getting po’d. (Pissed Off) about the whole thing. So I started by stopping my golf magazine subscriptions. You know, it’s really quite funny. When I first started doing all of this about 3 years ago, I was getting 4 different magazines and reading them all cover to cover when they came. I would write on the covers the pages and titles of important articles I’d read. I would dog ear some other pages.

When they’ve come in the mail the last few months, I’ve thrown them over into a corner where I say that I will “look at them later.”
And the darn things started stacking up! Now I have this huge pile that I actually brought with me to Seattle in this move. And I can’t really justify to myself why.
And later never comes. How did I get this way? Well, don’t get me wrong, I think the humor and the covering of what goes on inside the pros minds on Tour is entertaining. I used to pull out some great quotes and thoughts that I actually have in my articles and products today. But after awhile, the articles, the great sayings, the instructions…they all repeat like a radio station with a song playlist.

Whenever I read an instruction article in a brand new magazine, I laugh to myself as I remember reading the exact same thing in at least one book in the Online classics library that was written 40 years ago!

I’ve been telling you all in my articles and posts all about that I’m the golf anti-practice expert right? Well, really, I’m anti-establishment when it comes to the “NORMAL” way of doing anything! My first thoughts when it comes to do anything these days is: “If everyone is doing it this way, then I’m going to find a better way.”

Look, I know it’s “comforting” to go to McDonalds instead of Joe’s Hamburger house. I know most folks would rather be assured of mediocrity than taking even a small risk that something could be so much better. I know that most folks cultural and environmental programming is so strong that they would rather stay where they’re at than try something new. I know all about the huge magnetic pull there is to “conform.”
I encourage you to not be “most folks”

Greens and fairways,

Craig

p.s. Here’s a picture of how I putt. Definitely not normal!

Big city golf and opportunities

I feel sort of like a farmer in the 1930’s during the depression. You know, times are tough, the crops are low and ya’ gotta go to town to get some work. Well, I’m not exactly in that position but I did move to Seattle the first of the year. For those that don’t know, I was living in a small town, Richland WA in the Eastern part of the state. It was o.k. for while I was there living with my kids in a leave-it-to-beaver neighborhood. But now that I’m divorced and the boys live with their mother and she is remarried, it was time for me to get out into the big world! And I’ve got big plans!

The Seattle golf scene is wonderful and full of opportunity. I can hardly stand myself with all the potential I have here. Right off the bat, I lined up teaching and speaking at the Seattle golf show March 16th -18th.

Wait ’til they get a load of me!

I am going to do my “How to improve your game without practice” presentation for about an hour and I can’t wait.

Of course I will also have a booth and be selling my “Without Practice” and “Mind Links” products. But more than that, I am very hungry to get my personal NLP/Hypnosis personal practice built over here. I have decided to specialize my techniques for:

Pain Relief

I am absolutely fascinated and drawn to all there is to how the mind creates pain in the body to distract the conscious from dealing with emotional and traumatic issues in memory that are repressed. There are countless studies out there that now have proven that Hypnosis works for pain relief. It was always the claim but now with brain scanning and imaging technology, scientists and doctors are beginning to understand how. I want to learn more about this too!

Don’t worry golfers, I won’t leave you behind. In fact, this all goes right along with golf. How many of you have to adjust your swing to compensate for various aches and pains you have?

As of this week, I am set up to operate in a very nice office:  Advanced Health Therapy in Kirkland (a Seattle suburb) I have joined a business networking group and am working on my promotional materials this week. It’s all good!

Have to tell you this and it is verrry interesting. I left Richland knowing that for awhile, I wouldn’t be able to see my boys as much. It was a very tough decision. A few days ago, I talked to the boys mother and she said that her husband is going to be transferred over to this area! I struggled and struggled with making that decision and then out of the blue, it turns out that it was absolutely the correct choice. So I’m thinking this is a lesson for me…and what is it?

I’m thinking that it is to keep yourself open to ideas. Discount nothing. Do your homework before making rash decisions but when you’re done….DO IT! Which is what I did. In fact, from the day I got the idea to move until I actually moved was about 2 weeks. I ended up throwing away a lot of printed promotional materials for my hypnosis practice but again, it was the right choice.

2007 is starting off with a bang for me and I wish the same for you. Hold your dreams, imagine them completed, and then direct MASSIVE action toward making them happen. And don’t quit for anything…Persistence.

My big dream, and I will spell it out right here right now, is to hold a weekend GOLF training/entertainment/travel event for 200 golfers.

It will be called:   “Craig’s Big Golf Event”  or something like that.   It will be held at a wonderful resort facility with pro instructors, myself and Doc Kubistant and other golf trainers, a band playing songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, a comedian who specializes in golf jokes. I will be on The Golf Channel promoting it.

I’m going to make it happen. What will you make happen?

Greens and fairways,

Craig

Feeling Bad? Here’s an Instant Change Tool

I am making it my life’s work to help folks feel good.

I absolutely love it when a client or a friend tells me that they just “feel better” after talking to me. I live for that!! I can’t think of anything more satisfying (well, a hole-in-one and breaking 80 for the first time were close!).

Anyway, I have all this knowledge now on what makes us tick and how to get what we want in life…and still….occasionally, I find myself feeling down.

This happened to me a couple weeks ago. A business project went sour and a personal relationship was not going well at the same time. I called my best friend up. She helped me out tremendously. I tried to stay focused on my work but found it difficult throughout the day. My thoughts swirled. I kept talking myself out of it. I started losing my direction and objectivity about my situation. The feelings got worse throughout the day.

I knew I had to do something..”c’mon Craig, you’re an NLP Master, you have the tools” I told myself.

I called up 6 people one after another to help me get out of this funk I was in. Nobody was home. I left messages on 6 answering machines and nobody called me back. That was a message in itself I think as I look back.
Anyway, It was getting worse….I was spiralling more and more negatively…Time to do something now.

I remembered a learning I got from a movie called “The Secret” (I could write a book on that alone. Email me if you want to discuss or post a comment here)
I got out a piece of paper and began to hand write all the things that I am grateful for. Things like:

  • I have 2 healthy, happy boys (ages 8 and 12)
  • My health is excellent, almost perfect. And I am in awesome shape.
  • I have a car that is paid off and runs well (98 Honda Accord)
  • I have a fully furnished apartment and office for my hypnosis practice
  • I can write and I have internet marketing skills
  • I have friends and a wonderful supportive mother and family
  • I have some exciting new developing relationships
  • I have excellent presentation and public speaking skills

And a few more things like that.

Then, I began to write down nice things that I could remember other people saying to me in their exact words:

  • “You have so much to give”
  • “You have such a big heart”
  • “…they are around you because they trust you”
  • “You are a natural leader”
  • “I just always feel better after talking to you”

And some other more personal stuff that hit me
I sat in my easy chair and just looked at the lists I had written. The negative feelings began to fade. I focused on the scenes the words represented and let my body change the chemistry and energy. It was working!

Now, I’m not going to say that I immediately jumped up and down for joy and went out and conquered the world right then and there. What happened though, was it got me back to neutral. I was back on “Even Keel” so that I could get busy living again.

I picked up a book I was in the middle of reading: “The Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer. I could focus again!! That was major.

I woke up the next moring saying this over and over to myself “There is no failure, only feedback”

and a quote from one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, John Wooden:

“We will always win…given enough time”

I’ve since typed up that handwritten page of what I am grateful for and added to it achievements I’ve accomplished in my life. I look at it often. It works, it shifts your energy. It connects you with the Power of Intention and what you really want.

Do this when you find yourself down.

I’m feeling fantastic!
Craig

Creative golf shots

I hope the greens in your town are smooth, the rough short,
and the fairways wide… in your mind. Because they can be, no
matter what the consensus reality is of your partners or others.

Which brings me to today’s mental lesson. How to get creative in choosing how to play a golf shot.

Now, I know that you’ve probably played golf a long time and
maybe not. And I’m sure you know enough about the game by now
either way.

And by now, you probably are starting to see some common themes
from instructors and golf greats teachings…haven’t you?

So, along I come and start telling you all about how you don’t
have to practice to get good, and yet I still give you articles
by gurus that pretty much say you need to.

Who is right? Does anybody have to be right? You know, you can
either be right, or you can get results sometimes. Which do you
prefer?

Today, I want you to learn to expand your creativity on the course and we’ll do that with a little personal story :

My 12 year old son was bugging me to go to his first NFL football game. We are diehard Minnesota Viking fans. Now, the closest NFL team to us is in Seattle, a 3-hour drive away. So, I went online and looked for tickets. I couldnt’ believe how expensive they were and told him we couldn’t afford it. Later, I felt really bad because the Vikings were coming to Seattle this year! I told him we would go down to the stadium on game day and see if we could get some tickets from someone last minute so maybe it wouldn’t be so expensive.

We had never been to the Qwest stadium area and had no idea where to go to park or anything. We followed a car with a Seahawks sticker on it into a side lot of an industrial building that wasn’t being used on Sunday. Great! Free parking.

We started walking toward the stadium and followed a line of folks that were forming. We arrived at a junction of 2 lines where there were scalpers selling tickets. They had some “standing room only” tickets which were still more expensive than I had to spend in my pocket.

We came prepared with our little cardboard sign that said “Need 2 tickets”.” And then went to stand a ways in front of the scalpers so that the crowds would see us first.

My son said he was going to do his best “poor me” routine. haha.

We weren’t there for 5 minutes when a nice couple came up to us and said they had 2 tickets. I told them how much I only had and they said they paid almost double for that but that their friends couldn’t make it. They thought about it for a moment and said o.k. as I flashed my green stuff to show em what I had.

We couldn’t believe our luck! They were great seats and we got them for face value as we at next to the couple in our Viking jerseys.

What a blast we had. The Vikings won and other Purple fans celebrated with us as I took a picture of my son on the shoulders of one of them. (Football fans are crazy I know, we were too)

What’s the point of telling you this. There was a lesson in it. I mentioned to some of my friends and family who said I was nuts to drive 3 hours there without tickets. I just told them that I knew we would get them! And I didn’t take the standard route, the norm, what everyone else does. I knew it would all work out and it did!

This was a big learning for me. I was introduced to this type of manifesting by a movie called “The Secret” a while ago. I’ve watched it about 4 times since and still keep learning from it. It has implications for golf and everything we do. Coincidence? Luck? Maybe. Did we get what we wanted? Yep, and then some. Looking back has this ever happened to you before? I bet it has. I look back on a number of events like this where I just “knew”

I think I’ll make some more things happen this way :)

Take a look at the picture of my son with the Viking fans

Vikings celebration

How can you be creative in getting your scores down? Do you always have to use your sand wedge around the greens?

Haven’t you seen Phil Mickelson hitting out of a tough spot turning his club over and hitting from the right side?

Can you run a ball all the way up the front of a green using your 3 wood or 4 iron?

Are there times when you can actually aim for the sand trap in order to play the odds and get some spin around the greens?  Start thinking differently for a change. Go to the course and play a practice fun round and see how creative you can be. Take out clubs that you normally wouldn’t use for certain shots. You will develop a much better all-around game that holds up under pressure.

Tiger says that one of his biggest strengths is his creativity.

Start thinking outside of the box for everything in the rest of your life and see if you don’t bring some of that to the course and watch your scores go down as a result. I think you will like what you see on the scorecard.

Craig

Thanksgiving thoughts

Hello golfers and friends,

It’s Thanksgiving day here in the U.S. I’m thinking about what it means to be thankful, and of course, where is the lesson to be applied to sports and transformational change of any kind. As usual, my mind has come up with something. I don’t know where it comes from but I seem to be able to turn any event or idea into a metaphor for achievement.

This idea of being thankful comes from my latest book readings. Let me tell you about applied kinesiology. This is where you can test a person’s strength while they are saying positive and negative comments. You can actually measure a person’s strength drop significantly when negative versus positive self-talk.

One of the most powerful self-talk ideas you can do is to be grateful! Thankful! Yep, I tried this out on myself lately after doing demos in my speeches with athletes.

Let me explain: I love to workout at the gym. And lateley, just for kicks and the challenge, I am trying to put on some muscle on this small-framed 43 year old body. By the way, another book I read “Quantum Healing” says that there is no scientific reason to lose your muscle tone as you get older. You will lose stamina, but you don’t have to lose muscles.

Anyway, back to the subject. I had always liked to listen to hard rock while working out. It felt like I was “pumping up” my energy. Now, I still do that on the way to the gym just to get the energetic feelings to be motivated to work out. Except when I actually am lifting the weights, I don’t listen anymore. I leave the music in the car. I think about what I’m grateful for. I say the words “grateful, grace, thank you, etc.” while lifting!

In trying to increase my strength, I write down exactly how much and how many lifts I do for each exercise as I was taught to do by a coach.
I cannot believe how much faster I am progressing in increasing my weights since I use “grateful” instead of rock music while exercising!

Yes, this is anecdotal about one guy and his experience. AND, I challenge you to bring this tool into your life and to your golf. I have yet to do this on the golf course since I just came into these learnings and now it’s pretty much too cold for me to want to golf.

I was originally turned to this idea of gratitude by the movie “The Secret”
and thought it was a nice concept but didn’t really implement it until now. All of a sudden, I am reading about this everywhere! I can’t escape it, and I don’t want to. I’m working it into everything.

Thoughts create feelings. Feelings create actions. Actions make results.

Greens and fairways,
Craig

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