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Paying Attention to Your Successes

We’ve learned that, in building a good mental game, you have to look at things for what they really are.

Our brains are predisposed to not give successes nearly as much thought or emotion as we do failures. And it’s a real problem. It’s a real thing that you have to face.

Once you understand it, once you understand how we’re predisposed to always give more thought and emotion to poor performances and the things that we don’t perceive as great, you understand how valuable it is to have a positive outlook.

You also understand the value of your log and the value of going back through that log mid-year and at the end of the year after you put the gun up. Go through the log then, and during the winter, go through your log from last year and the year before and notice how your thought process has changed. Notice how your results have changed. That’s a really important thing for building confidence in going out and having the right attitude when you go out to train and practice.

It’s really easy to be overwhelmed by the last failure that you had and it’s really easy to give in and then give up.


This is an excerpt from the June 2014 Coaching Hour podcast. You can listen to it and read a written transcript, along with over 20 years of archived episodes with your Knowledge Vault membership.