April 15, 2013 - Newsletter: Vol. - 3 - Creating Confidence
Mental Techniques for Golf That WORK!

Remember these eight words because they will determine your destiny:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it” – Marcus Aurelius

Creating Confidence

"A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind."

- Morihei Ueshiba - philosopher, martial artist, creator of the discipline of Aikido.

We have been told over and over by our parents, teachers, coaches to stand up straight, push out your chest and keep your chin up.  Well now there is some startling new research being done which justifies this  advice.

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia have done studies where the participants were asked to assume a posture of confidence.  The participants were told to stand tall and straight, pull their shoulders back, lift their chins up and look straight ahead.

After staying in that posture for just two minutes the researchers found that the participants had an 20% increase in their testosterone levels and a 25% decrease in their cortisol levels. (Cortisol is a stress related hormone). 

Practitioners of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and hypnosis have know for years that assuming a posture of confidence leads to a mental state of confidence.  And now there is solid evidence to support their theories.

So how does this help you in your golf game?

When you lack confidence in yourself to make a shot, hole a putt or win a game, simply stand up straight with your chin up, look straight ahead, puff out your chest and roll your shoulders back. Assume this posture of confidence for a couple of minutes - soon you will start to feel more and more confidence flowing throughout your body and mind.

You can boost your confidence level further by putting your hands on your hips, or spreading your arms out to your sides. Anything that makes you appear bigger helps boost your confidence. 

The way you position your body has an almost immediate impact on your mental state.

In my style of the Martial Arts - Kung Fu San Soo - our starting posture before we begin a form (which is a sequence of fighting moves) is one of confidence. Our backs are straight, shoulders pulled back, eyes looking straight ahead, with our fists on our hips.

The Chinese knew about the posture of confidence thousands of years ago when they created these fighting forms.

So next time you need a shot of confidence on the course, simply assume a posture of confidence and the mental state of confidence in yourself and your abilities' will follow.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I would love to hear your feedback on how well these GolfNosis techniques are working for you - Thanks!



For more self-talk tips please see my book "GolfNosis - Tee Time For Your Mind - Mental Techniques For Golf That Work!" - the chapter "Building Unshakable Confidence" contains 13 easy yet effective techniques to help you become more confident in yourself and your abilities.

My goal for producing these newsletters is to provide you with information on the mental game of golf based on my research and work with my golfing clients.

Just like all of the techniques in my new book "GolfNosis - Tee Time For Your Mind - Mental Techniques For Golf That WORK!" every technique that will be presented to you in the newsletters have to meet the following criteria:

1. They work.

2. They are easy to use.

3. They will improve your game.

4. They will enhance your life.

Please let your friends know about the tips in the GolfNosis Newsletter and direct them to www.golfnosis.com to sign up for their own copy of the newsletters.

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