Change your mindset, change your life
By Lee Anne Gilchrist on November 20, 2013
We all know that golf is a mental game. Learning about the limiting beliefs that shape our behaviors and emotions is the key to changing them and learning new empowering beliefs and patterns that will change your life!
To use words such as phenomenal or life changing in reference to a book may seem like an exaggeration, however in the case of “Mindset” by Carol Dweck, these adjectives don’t even begin to do the book justice. Dweck has had a psychological research career that spans over 40 years and her findings about beliefs and “mindset” are a must for every coach, teacher, parent and athlete wanting to better understand the psychology of success.
The premise of mindset divides us into two core groups: those who believe that their talent and intelligence is a fixed entity and those who believe that talent and intelligence can be developed. A person with a fixed mindset spends their energy and emotion proving how smart and gifted they are. They will avoid challenges and give up easily when faced with obstacles for fear of failure. These individuals are not open to feedback and tend to feel threatened by the success of others.
Alternatively a person with a growth mindset has no concept of failure. For this set of individuals, all of life is a journey, a quest of exploration and curiosity. They are able to see the world as if for the first time, therefore finding appreciation and enjoyment in all experiences. The attitude and outlook of an individual with a growth mindset is one of learning and improving, without concern for the destination or the outcome. This is not to say they are not driven or competitive, but they are wise enough to know that the journey is the destination, and that the little things are in fact the big things.
Many of our young student athletes have tremendous pressure to perform and live up to the expectations put on them by themselves and others. The irony is that the more they stay in a fixed mindset, and focus on the results, the less they will achieve. This is the irony of the outcome, and a difficult lesson that every golfer must learn and is a key component to the Mental Training Program here at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
What separates the champions from the non-champions? It is the determination and the grit to embrace challenges and persist in the face of setbacks. It is the art of mastering your skill and learning from your mistakes. It is finding inspiration in the success of others.
It is a growth mindset.