Growing up I’d always been a Tiger Woods fan (until more recent indiscretions changed that). As an aspiring professional golfer, I spent hundreds of hours studying his every move. How he swung the club, how he practiced, how he worked out. I sought to model my game after his.
There was one giant problem with this strategy, though.
I wasn’t Tiger Woods. (And, surprisingly, I am still not.)
We have different body types, different styles of play, and very different approaches to the mental side of the game. Sure, there were things that I could learn from him, but trying to be like him was a big mistake.
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You had great expectations, but you fell short. Now what?
How do you let go of expectations and regain your confidence?
As promised yesterday, today I give you my five steps for letting go of expectations and getting your confidence back.
- Give yourself grace. Be nice to yourself. Don’t call yourself a name or tell others how pathetic you are. Talk to yourself as you would a hurting friend. It really is going to be OK.
There is a fine line that you must walk between being confident and not holding on to unrealistic expectations.
We all must balance the two and in a way do a delicate little dance in our minds every moment of our lives.
NOTE: For my audio listeners who made it this far wondering, “where is my audio option?” there is none today. I am writing this from a train en route from Boston to New York and honestly don’t want to get funny looks recording it on the train.
If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I grew up playing competitive golf. During each tournament, I would constantly call on my memory bank of past shots. Each shot, in some way, reminded me of another similar shot that I had pulled off successfully. Same club, same wind, same situation, often even the exact same location on the same hole.