Just as people are scared of hypnosis, many are adept at avoiding mental issues in general. I mentioned earlier that I listen carefully to the words used by commentators. You might find it interesting to pay more attention to the particular words and phrases used as well. Nine times out of ten the commentary will focus on the mental side of the game. For example “What were you thinking there Tiger?” or “Can he keep this up?” and so on. There are far more comments made about the thought processes at play than the mechanics of the swing. We can relate to the comments made, we accept that they are generally accurate, and yet very few of us pay attention to this aspect of our own golf game.
We are far more likely to say, “I chunked that one” or “your head came up” than to get behind these actions and ask “why?” What was the thought process that caused that outcome? Were you committed to the golf shot or were you thinking “have I got the right club here?”? You will only be able to control your golf game when you learn to control your mind. You need to be aware of what you are thinking before you can change how you think. You also need to be aware of the optimal way in which to think and then you can choose to think in this way.
It’s amazing how many people aren’t even aware of what they are thinking. This may sound really silly. But to put what I’m saying into context, a Harvard University study found that the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day, and 59,500 are the same as the day before. Are you aware of the 60,000 thoughts you had yesterday? Or were some of them subconscious? And were a few of them repetitive?
Try a little exercise if you like. Go to the range, or the chipping area, or the putting green and plan to spend five minutes in which you only think about what you are doing. See if you succeed in this plan…I bet you don’t! It’s difficult to control your thoughts even for five minutes let alone the three and a half hours it takes to play a round of golf.
You just aren’t going to control your thoughts for a full round of golf. But what you can do is control and consciously direct your thoughts for the few minutes which each golf shot takes, including your pre-shot and post-shot routines. And if you want to make this task easy for yourself you can employ a little bit of self-hypnosis. Remember the definition of hypnosis given before – “a state of relaxation, at one with a state of heightened awareness, induced by suggestion”. You can learn to relax and focus at will with the use of hypnosis.
You have the ability to control and direct your thoughts. There’s no point saying “but you know me, I always do that”. If you think like that, you WILL always be like that. Everything in life begins with a thought; every action is preceded by a thought. There’s no point in focusing on changing your actions and behaviors without first addressing your thoughts.
Why not spend a little bit of time in learning to how to control and direct your mind? You can learn how to relax and play golf in the zone with the help of hypnosis downloads. The professionals use golf hypnosis because it works; hypnosis downloads can be used to get you to focus clearly and to play in the zone.
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