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My early beliefs about concentration were strongly influenced by what I read about players like Ben Hogan having a laser-like intense stare.  The fact that the Scots nicknamed him the Wee Ice Mon on his only trip to the British Open enhanced this thinking.  I’ve tried having this type of focus, but it just makes me mentally tired.  From what …

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Your enthusiasm knows no bounds.  It is the first morning of the new start; a new diet, a new health habit, a new regular practice regime to develop your golf.  You are off to a flying start and think “this is going to be a walk in the park!”  The second day is a little bit tougher and by the …

When you put on shorts, jeans or trousers, which leg do you put in first?  Most people don’t know until they either put on shorts, or pretend to.  If you put your other leg in first it feels a bit weird.  Doing this with a group usually draws a few laughs because they hadn’t suspected such a mundane activity was …

My coach training begins early, not every day, but most.  It is usually dark when I begin and I prefer complete silence.  The unique thing about this training is that while I’m not thinking about coaching, it helps me become a better coach. It is sitting and either focussing on my breathing, or on nothing at all.  I’ve been doing …

You’ve set some goals, made plans to achieve them and then taken action…you are out of the starting gate.  Supercharging this effort by having a strong intention of achieving your goals is what separates a lot of wishful thinking from results. Being intentional in your actions breaks through stuck states and apathy, allows you to delay gratification and can even …

When you thought about the answer I’m sure you created some kind of representation of those movies as you recalled them.  For example you may have recalled scenes, dialogue, music, the emotions you experienced from watching the movie or a combination of these. The scenes that you recalled might have been one at a time from different movies, they could …

The little computer on my bike tells me all sorts of things; the best is whether or not my speed and fitness are improving. Last week I was riding along at a good speed (for me) and suddenly the low battery icon showed on the computer. That meant I wouldn’t be able to record my ride…bugger! The computer on my …

The two police officers cautiously approached the front door of the house.  They had earlier received a call alerting them that a suspected dangerous criminal was inside the house.  They knew they had back up, but still felt their hearts pounding like bass drums.  They knocked on the door… The ball was 30 feet from the hole and he only …

Reading biographies gives insights into the thinking and strategies of the people whose lives are written of.  Occasionally the author sets out directly to talk about the things that have made them successful.  Trevor Blake is one of these authors.  An extremely successful businessman, Trevor’s book Three Simple Steps talks about the three tools he uses in his life and …

They were roughly the same height standing together in the pen holder, yet one stood out. It was a shiny black pen with a white star on the end, it was far more attractive than the well worn home brand pen. Its owner held the Mont Blanc pen with pride and used it almost exclusively since he bought it six …