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Issue 577 - Wed. October 2nd, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Killer Morning Routine For Golf and Life
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Tom's Featured Tip: Killer Morning Routine For Golf and Life

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

The meat of todays tip is not completely golf specific, but it is golf and life specific, and it was so interesting to me that I had to share it with you.

I will confess that I am a slave to my routines. I discovered at around age 30 (Irish, late mental bloomer) that I need structure in my life or that disorganization and chaos would reign supreme.

For me, without the structure of routines, my focus wanes horribly.

If it's on my to do list in my iPhone notes (I update it daily) it gets done. Exercise, chores, study goals, etc. If it's not on the list, chances are real good that it won't get done.

As routines relate to golf, these two routines should be habits for every golfer. They keep your brain and body in the game.
  1. Absolutely do this warmup routine every time on the first tee before your round: Video - Thoracic Spine Matrix Stretch and you will avoid back pain,

  2. and I also recommend adopting a pre-shot routine for your play Pre-Shot Routine - ESPECIALLY for putting.

Having said that, while doing research for golf mindset development (that task was on my to do list) I found a great article by mental coach David Mackenzie. We had a common thread because we read the same motivational authors, and I really liked what he had to say.

As a result of reading his Killer Morning Routine article, I've developed my own formal morning routine (yup, it's in my iPhone notes), using some of his recommendations - especially starting my day with gratitude - and some of my own.

It takes commitment to start this and to stick to it, but what's worthwhile in life that doesn't take commitment and work?

I hope you find something useful here like I did, enjoy.

I often get asked if there’s anything that can be done at home to improve mindset and help the mental game of golf at the same time. One of the things that will really help you with this, is a Killer Daily Morning Routine.

Many people are waking up and immediately thinking about all the things they are dreading about the day ahead, which starts every day off in a negative way. The most successful people have a morning routine, which sets a positive tone for the day. Over the years, I’ve pulled together morning routines from people such as Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris and Brian Tracy to create my own Killer 20 Minute Morning Routine, which I truly believe helps me boost my motivation and productivity, improves my concentration and brings my goals closer to me.

With this morning routine, you’ll get into a good mood no matter what is happening in your life and set yourself up for a successful day.

Your 7-Step Killer Morning Routine To Start Every Day With The Mindset To Achieve Success

Step 1: Drink a glass of water

The longest time we go without drinking fluids is the 6-8 hours we are asleep. Making it a habit to drink a glass of water first thing will rehydrate you, get you thinking clearly and kickstart your metabolism.

Step 2: Get your heart rate up (2-3 minutes)

Doing 2-3 minutes of aerobic exercise will get your heart rate up and give you a boost of energy (it will wake you up as much as a cup of coffee does). Run on the spot, do jumping jacks, push ups or sit ups for just a few minutes. Listen to uplifting music while you’re doing this (start a playlist for it).

Step 3: Stretch (2-3 minutes)

Do 2-3 minutes of stretching. These don’t have to be yoga exercises, but simple stretches such as rolling your neck around, touching your toes, holding your leg to your chest etc. You’ve just spent 8 hours without moving, so it’s important to stretch out your muscles. Again, while doing this, listen to uplifting music.

Step 4: Calm The Mind (10 minutes)

During this step, we’re going to practice being able to quiet the mind. In today’s world of constant distractions (the average person checks their mobile device over 50 times a day) our powers of concentration are diminishing and our minds are always busy. By meditating for 10 minutes per day, you’ll reduce stress, improve your focus and your ability to deal with pressure. How to meditate is covered in one of the modules of my Ultimate Mental Game Training System.

Once you have a calm and receptive mind, you’re going to put some positive images into it.

Step 5. Visualize your goals (1-2 minutes)

Most people are only thinking about their goals once per year, typically when they’re making their New Year’s Resolutions. But with this daily morning practice, you’re going to multiply that by 365, which is going to help you align your daily behaviors and put your energy in the right place to take you closer to them.

Imagine where you’ll be in 5 years time and what you will have achieved. Visualize what your career, finances and fitness/health will look like in the future. Say them out loud in the present tense "I am a Tour Player" or "I am a Successful Entrepreneur". You can also say (out loud) the type of person you will be: "I am confident", "I have integrity", "I am compassionate", etc.

Next tell yourself what you are going to achieve by the end of the week and the end of the day.

Step 6. Focus on 3 of your happiest memories (1-2 minutes)

These could be vacations or special memories with family and friends. Thinking about these times is going to put you in a good mood. Recall 3 of your most successful memories on the golf course. Take yourself back there and imagine those times vividly (the visual, the feelings, the sounds etc).

Step 7: Have an attitude of gratitude (1 minute)

Research suggests that being more grateful leads to better physical and mental health and lower anxiety and stress. There’s a greater sense of satisfaction in a more grateful person. Fortunately, gratitude is like a muscle and if practiced regularly, it gets stronger and stronger.

For the next minute, say 5-10 things you are grateful for.

Before a round of golf, you might want to remind yourself of all the things about golf that you are grateful for, no matter what score you will shoot.

With daily practice of this Killer Morning Routine, which will become a habit after a short while, you will notice you feel more motivated, have a more positive mindset to start your day and you’ll be in a much better position to achieve your goals.


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