Tag Archives: success

How to Practice with Purpose

The argument about whether practice or natural talent counts most in producing world-class athletes has been debated for eons.  Dr Anders Ericsson (1993) has conducted research on the developmental pathways of elite performers in a variety of spheres of performance. His conclusions fall in favour of the argument that hard work will ultimately triumph over natural talent in producing world-class …

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Fake it and you will make it

As he holed the putt to win the Masters, Adam Scott raised both hands exultantly to the sky.  There were a few thousand spectators around the green throwing their arms up in unison.  Raising your arms is a universal celebration, and as well as being a signal of victory it is also a signal strength. There has been plenty written …

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Getting better

What are your golfing goals?  This is one of the questions I ask every client I coach.  The most common answer is to become more consistent.  For many, this could be consistently poor!  Who wants that?  Wouldn’t you rather want to get better? Surely anyone who says “I want to be good” is displaying ambition, provided of course they are …

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What are your five favourite movies?

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 …

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You Know You Should…

There is a vast difference between knowing what you should be doing and actually doing it. My hand is definitely up as one of those who have bought and read self-help books. Every one of them has good ideas. I would read and nod in agreement with the suggestions and then put the book down without taking any action. I’m …

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Do you Work Out of Hours?

When I am reading a great novel, I can get completely lost in the plot, turning page after page.  Time is irrelevant and before I know it, a couple of hours have passed.  Do you know this feeling for the things you say you are passionate about? This is one of the clues to something that is a true passion.  …

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Labels are for products, not people

If you’re like me, you love to get involved in trivia games. The instant thrill of knowing an answer or being the first one to call out the answer is something our brains love. As well as completing quizzes, crosswords and Sudoku, there are also all sorts of profiles which claim to categorise you against the rest of the population …

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Winning: why coaches and athletes respond differently

Ever set yourself a big goal, achieved it and then wondered what the fuss was all about…almost like there is a type of anticlimax even though you have won? The reason I’m asking is that the responses from coaches and their athletes seem to differ quite a bit when a team wins a championship. The players are on cloud nine …

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3 Lessons from a National Camp

At a recent National camp for Australian amateur golfers at Moonah Links GC the players benefited from the technologies used by the coaches such as having 3D biomechanical analysis of their golf swing with Ryan Lumsden, analysis of their putting strokes with SAM PuttLab, motor pattern screenings with Ramsay McMaster sessions with sports psychologists John Crampton and Noel Blundell and …

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A Personal Philosophy: 3 Great Questions

Lou Holtz, a famous US college football coach known for his wit and philosophical comments considers three questions which are central to his personal thoughts about being successful with people.  If the answer to all three of these questions is ‘yes’ then he is convinced that success is inevitable. The questions are 1.       Can people trust me to do what’s …

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