MONDAY MIND FACTOR MISSIVE : ANYTHING BUT ROUTINE! 11 Sept 2017
We all know the value of having a good routine on the golf course. Numerous top players attest to the fact a good routine allows them to weather the golfing storms and be able to come through under extreme pressure. A routine gives the brain a sense of certainty in an otherwise endlessly chaotic game.
We cannot control the outcome of a tournament, we cannot control the actions of others and we certainly cannot always control our golf ball. We can, however, control our process before we hit that ball and our reactions after it has gone.
Have you ever thought your success or failure in any endeavour will to a large extent be determined by the quality of your routines?
I have spoken at great length before about my belief that success is merely an accumulation of ‘good days’. If we put in enough good days we give ourselves every opportunity of reaching our goals. Focus too much on the goal and not the day in front of you and we have a recipe for much frustration and the shifting sands of outcomes and constantly changing what we aim to do with our lives. Within the good day principle is merely a set of established routines and rituals. Many of these rituals are on fully automatic pilot and so well established, we don’t even look at them. For me, the concept of beginnings and endings are so important. If we start the day well, then we have a heck of a chance to keep the momentum going. Start the day badly and it is very tough to gather enough steam to make the day a success. The problem in the morning is we will more than likely feel like doing anything other than a productive routine. That comfy pillow and warm duvet wraps us in a cocoon of comfort. Just another five minutes is all I need. We have all been there!
Once we do manage to get up, we seek the point of least resistance. The TV or the radio go on and our brain is fed with the latest merry go round of doom and gloom. The staple diet fed to us from the media industry is bad news. Bad news gets our attention, it holds us captive. Yet, how much good does this do us as an individual? What are we fuelling our brain with? I have heard it said on more than one occasion that when we wake up we are, for the most part, in a ultra-dehydrated state. Our brain is craving water. Our brain needs water to function efficiently yet what do we often feed it with? Coffee or sweet fruit juice. Entirely your choice but if your brain could tell you what it really wanted, what do you think it would come up with? If there is ever a time to give your brain some water, the morning is it. What other fuel do we put in? Healthy breakfast or just something convenient? We all know by now how bad a croissant or sugary cereal is for us. It is not the knowing which is the problem, it is the auto pilot of routine. Does your day have a plan? Or do you take it as it comes? Again, not for me to say what you should do, but more for me to ask you to ask yourself the question about your routines. If you had a routine on the golf course that constantly printed out bad shots, I guess you would change it. I have seen over and over again, how much difference it can make when I get a client to look at their morning routine and really ask some honest and searching questions. It can literally be as simple as taking on more water the very first thing in the day that can create a tipping point towards a more productive and enjoyable day. That one simple choice sets of a series of other choices. The definition of a good or bad personal day will to a large degree be down to the decisions you make within your routines. Yes, of course, we can’t control what the world throws at us but we do have control over our own decisions.
Examine your routines and you could be in for a very pleasant surprise at the knock on effect.
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Hope you find this Monday’s Mind Factor Missive useful!