Last time, I wrote about how self-doubt can erode confidence if left to run wild in your mind.
Today, you'll learn how to stabilize confidence by managing this top confidence killer...
If you uncovered your top doubts using the tip from last week, you want to take the next step today...
How to manage these doubts and banish them from your mind. It's a simple concept called cognitive reframing. This simply mean viewing your golf game in a different light and finding an alternative way of viewing situations.
Follow these three steps for reframing doubts:
1. Think back to a recent round when you doubted your ability. List the self-doubt you had at the time.
2. State each doubt above as if you are thinking out loud. Here's an example:
Doubt: "I'm unsure if I'll putt well today because the greens are do fast. I often struggle on fast greens."
3. Reframe and/or challenge each statement. Turn each doubt into a statement of confidence:
Reframe: "I've worked hard on my putting for years. I had great putting rounds in the past. I can putt well on any putting surface."
Here's an advanced strategy:
In your mind, practice rehearsing your new statements of confidence until they are well learned and easy to remember.
You'll want to apply this strategy to your practice and rounds to make it take hold:
When you first notice that you are doubting your ability, use this reframing strategy to challenge the doubt and embrace confident self-talk.
This mental game strategy will help you stabilize your confidence by reducing the amount of time you allow doubts to run unchecked in your mind!