At GGGA, building strong character is at the heart of what we believe to be important in developing junior athletes. Our culture of achievement and accomplishment encourages results and outcomes but learning fulfillment, which allows us to enjoy the journey and find happiness in every circumstance of life, is a more challenging pursuit.
“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and non-learners.”
— Benjamin Barber
The role of talent and intelligence are well known predictors of success. However less is known, understood and coached about the other differences that predict success. Traits are actually emerging as more accurate indicators of success such as the non-cognitive trait of “grit”. The definition of grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Psychological research has found that “grit” could predict success over talent and even hard work and conscientiousness.
At GGGA, we are passionate about developing these traits and motivators in our student athletes. Traits such as determination, perseverance and the will to work hard for what you want. Through housing chores, academic commitment, supporting teammates and roommates and giving back to the community, our student athletes will have the opportunity to develop these character traits at GGGA.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
— Jim Rohn
Our housing team provides the love and care for our student athletes as they navigate the difficult path to success in golf and academics.
Providing the structure, nurture and discipline that they would have at home is not always an easy task, and having the support of our parents is critical in reinforcing character-building processes.
Mental training is a critical element in the development of a champion because the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of an athlete impact performance. In this area, using our “Think Like a Champion” mental training program, we provide the tools to help players set realistic goals and benchmarks which aid in the learning process. The goal of mental training is to be able to evaluate the strengths in one’s game and develop a plan of improvement for the weaker areas.
Trading expectations for appreciation is the first step in opening the mind to the world beyond our own ambitions and desires. For a person to truly master the art of fulfillment in life, growth and contribution provides the greatest sense of personal accomplishment.
Exposing our students to life beyond their own model of the world can be transforming. The opportunity to make a difference for others, no matter how small, provides a fresh, new perspective and enriches our lives in unique ways.