I went to the American Board of Hypnotherapy convention a few weeks ago. I took more trainings and seminars from some very talented and brilliant people and am grateful that I had the opportunity to do that. I know that you will benefit as I pass along what I learn.
The whole conference was one big long discussion on how to activate and use the powers of our unconscious mind. If you are on my newsletter list, you know that this is where your true mind power is.
One of the amazing people I learned from, Daniel Cleary, really convinced me that there is so much more to hypnosis than just getting someone to relax and giving them suggestions. In fact, he taught us how to achieve most of the change before even doing any induction! It’s all about showing people how to access their own resources for whatever it is they want to get. What was really empowering was in the realization and application of a person’s past successes toward new successes. It seems that many of us just focus far too much on our shortcomings and ignore what we have already accomplished and how we got there.
For golf and other sports and outcomes, it is the hypntherapist’s job to help the client locate those strengths and attributes! The hypnosis part is secondary. I believed this intrinsically but it was powerful for me to have this affirmed by an experienced therapist.
I’m working on a new website for my hypnotherapy practice-building and marketing.
February 13th, 2006
Some of you reading this are Members of my “Without Practice” program. Purchasing my program (www.break80golf.com/withoutpractice.html) gets you lifetime access to all I offer there; primarily, the Online Classics Book library that I’ve created. I take classic golf books that I have the rights to, digitize them and post them on a password protected member’s page. I will eventually make this a separate paid product when it gets large enough as another book gets posted about every other month.
In addition to that they also get the special newsletter I write and member’s pages of stuff I find on the web for us busy golfers.
Better than all of that for me is that I get to interact with so many golfers from around the world!
This last year, I took a family vacation trip to Las Vegas. Since I was bringing my clubs, I decided to look in my customer database and find someone in Vegas to golf with. Well, I found Chuck Houston and we arranged to have a round of golf together! Chuck took me to his club, Spanish Trail
and I had a fantastic time with him! He was a perfect host and golf partner and his club was beautiful. I didn’t play so well but we still keep in contact and you bet the next time I go to Vegas I’ll be calling him up.
Since that went so well, I did it again on a trip to San Diego in July and golfed with members Scott and Jan Lopez. We golfed Balboa Park Muni and afterward had dinner and margaritas in San Diego’s old town.
Next up, I made a Fall trip to Seattle. I hooked up with Ray from Bellevue and his buddies. We had a great time playing Jackson Park and sharing golf stories although I think I talked his ear off a bit during the round and afterwards sharing a pitcher. Ray recently emailed me to tell me that he shot 78 in winter conditions and has found consistency!
Listen, maybe you and I can hook up for a round or two eh? I love to travel and see new places.
Go to www.break80golf.com and use the contact form or sign up to receive my newletter and you can respond to any of the messages there to get me. I’m saving up now to make a trip to New Zealand to see that beautiful place and golf with another member!
Before I go on, I guess I’d better get you up caught up with some highlights of 2005. First off, I hit my first hole-in-one of my life! Yes, it was on a 162 yard par 3 at West Richland G.C. For some reason, I had been hitting my 7-iron with a draw that day and so on this hole, I just decided to allow for it and aimed right of the green. Darned if that ball didn’t make a big curve to the left and head for the flag. My buddy Greg and I heard it hit the flag but couldn’t see it on the green. I asked him to go up and check the hole and THERE IT WAS! I hope you get to experience that someday it is one of golf’s finest!
Next, I scored my first sub-par round of my life! This was a 71 on Sun Willows G.C., in Pasco playing from the blues at 6785 yards on June 15th. What really surprised me about this round was that I was 1 over after the front 9. This after taking a double bogey on the 3rd hole. So never give up! But the lesson I learned very distinctly is that once I thought I didnt’ have any chance to break my old scoring record of 73, that’s when I relaxed and put myself in a state where I COULD play my best! Amazing how that works huh?
What else? I changed to putting sidesaddle this year and had the best rounds of putting and more birdies than ever. What the heck is sidesaddle? It’s where you putt facing the target with the putter at your side. The stroke is straight backward and forward. Now, I will admit to also having some rounds where I couldn’t make anything but overall, my putting improved drastically from years before which definitely helped me finish out the year with a handicap of 5.2.
Welcome to my personal blog! It’s here that I will post my rantings and ravings that, well, just don’t seem to belong in written form anywhere else. For those that don’t know me, the one thing I hope you’ll get from me is that I’m a regular person just like you. I’ve got hopes and dreams and fears and faults the same as anyone. And, I love meeting, writing to and talking with people everywhere.
A quick history might be in order here. I was born in 1963 and grew up in Southern California. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a Finance degree, I moved to Seattle, WA with nothing but an old Dodge Colt, my clothes, my golf clubs and my fishing gear. I really enjoyed Orange County but the outdoors was calling me and my brother Mark helped me establish in the Northwest U.S. I also have another brother Eric and a sister Janelle.
Within the first year, I got married and was hired at Fedex Corp as a courier/driver. I always thought that was a temporary job while I figure out what “business” I wanted to create for myself. One of those ideas took us to moving to the Portland, Oregon area. That venture didn’t work out but I was still with Fedex and we liked the area so we settled down and ended up having 2 boys. The first few years, I golfed and fished a lot but soon felt again the need to stretch myself with classes and more business ideas.
I ended up taking a management job at Fedex that brought us to Tri-cities, Washington at the SE corner of the state. After 15 years and the last 4 years of pure stress at that job, I accepted a golden opportunity of a severance package as Fedex was downsizing. Here was my chance.
At the beginning of 2005, I began my internet business with my passion: golf. I didn’t know a thing but was determined to do whatever it took to make it happen. I had read many times that the biggest key to success or achieving an outcome is persistence and so I just went with that!
2005 turned out to be a year of change and experience for me. I completed training to become certified in Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming as well as Time Line Therapy. I learned much from 2 mentors in internet marketing and my little business began to take off better than I imagined. But, on the other hand, my marriage fell apart and we became divorced. I wish her the best of everything in her life and I tell my boys that they are very lucky to have such a good caring mother.
I am still nuts about this crazy game of golf. It’s absolutely true that I was a 90’s shooter for many many years and now, I ended up 2005 with my handicap at 5.2. I play once a week in season, sometimes two and I still don’t practice. It’s not that I don’t have the time to work on my game now, I do. But I want to stay connected to all those millions of folks who love this game, want to improve, but really have more important obligations in their life than spending time on the range.
Golf has led me to so many different avenues of exploration, especially in the mind, and I hope to share this with you so that you can Crush Your Barriers to whatever you want that is waiting for you on the other side.