Have you ever been on a golf course and felt totally in the zone? Your swing is smooth and fluid, striking the ball with a loud and beautiful ping. Your drive is straight, long and accurate. Everything goes perfectly. Then you get to the second hole, and it all falls apart. You wonder why. You analyze everything and can’t seem to figure it out. The more you think about your actions, the worse your game gets. Everything becomes mechanical. Why is that?
It is called Overthinking. We all do it and it can paralyze us. You may be driving a standard transmission car and when it’s your turn at the four way stop, you stall it and can’t get it going – overthinking. Maybe you are may be an instinctive photographer who shoots flawlessly during an assignment, then you get an opportunity to work with someone that you look up to, and suddenly your photos look like junk – overthinking.
In a recent article in Entrepreneur magazine, Sports Psychologists Martin Turner and Jamie Barker explain the phenomenon and how to break out of that habit. They tell of how an individual who is normally an expert in a given discipline can majorly mess up a due to worry. When you are performing a task that you are skilled at under “normal” circumstances, no problem. You easily pull it off. Once the situation involves worry, the game changes.
According to the authors, … “when worry emerges, in those pressure situations when a putt will win the championship, many golfers start to break the skill down and try to make the putt as if they were novices performing the skill for the first time. No longer is putting a smooth automatic process. It becomes an uncoordinated and rigid process. And that can turn a simple putt into a performance catastrophe”. That is overthinking.
You can over come overthinking by allowing your self to be more instinctual. I remember hearing Anthony Robbins the self improvement guru explain how to overcome a golf slump. It involved removing yourself mentally from the moment. In basic terms you should picture a time when you had hit a perfect ball. Visualize the swing, feel your stance, hear the woosh of your back swing, experience how it felt when your fore swing began and what it looked like, felt like and sounded like as you made your perfect swing. Smell the day. See the ball soaring long, straight and true. Remember how you felt, get in THAT zone. Now go ahead and swing. You will instinctively be in the zone and will be amazed at the results.
This same principle can be applied to anything in your life. It is an amazingly effective tool, to improve outcomes for any task at hand. Avoid allowing worry to creep in and cause you to break your task down into mechanical uncomfortable steps. Get into your comfortable champion zone and positive results will occur. Don’t worry.
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