Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year: New Year's Resolutions

By Darren

Happy New Year

Wow 2013 is uppon us and with that have you made your New Years golfing resolutions?

Have you ever said in the past this is my Year and failed to see it through? A major reason for this is that it’s deceptively difficult to develop or deny ingrained habits ‘cold turkey’, or all at once.

While the effort to adopt resolution shows a wonderful sense of positive intent, a better alternative is to develop new goals for the future. Goals are a better plan than resolutions for a few key reasons:

Rigid vs. Fluid:

Resolutions stay the same: “I will play golf once a week.” “I will stop slicing.” “I will go to the range five times a week.” If these are somewhat big changes, it may feel like a huge change with no buildup. Goals, however, can be tackled in steps, beginning with baby steps and increasing in difficulty as you become more accustomed to the change. This makes goals more realistic for lasting change.

Sense of Accomplishment vs. Sense of Failure:

Goals give you a direction to aspire to, but with the baby steps you may be taking toward your goal, you can still feel like you’ve accomplished something and are on the right track, which will, in turn, keep you moving in the right direction. Once you’ve broken a rigid resolution, however, it’s easier to feel like a failure and give up.

So for 2013 why not set up some goals around your golf game which in small steps I can help you achieve.