February 1, 2013

Living Golf Lesson #11: Power of Belief

Lesson # 11 Power of Belief

There is no other more powerful directing force in golf and life than the power of belief. At any given moment in a split second your belief has the power to create or destroy. A belief delivers a direct command to your internal expectation that can override any previous conditioning. Beliefs are either empowering or limiting.

The way in which we structure our belief system will determine how much of our potential we will be able to tap into. Since beliefs are nothing more than generalizations from past experience, they must be transformed through a definitive growth process.

Gil's putting stroke

In order to change a particular behavior pattern we must identify the belief associated with it.

If we alter the belief and condition ourselves to accept it, then a new pattern will automatically be created.

Our belief system defines and shapes who we are and what we become. It also determines our potential for future growth and expansion. The human spirit wants and needs to expand. Our belief system does not judge what we input, it simply accepts it as the truth and installs it for future reference. Our thought process is a reflection of what we have been subject to and is expressed through our emotions. Our desire for a positive, emotional response has the potential to drive our actions in a power filled committed effort for successful outcome. Effortlessly, it just happens.

Gil blasting from sand

In order to accept and believe that it will happen we must develop an unfailing faith in the outcome.

Faith supports the positive attitude that is necessary. This is at the core of positive thinking. Faith, attached through emotional responsiveness, directly attaches itself to the desire to take positive action. Willpower and self-discipline can now be supported, proving the power for follow through and realization. Success then supports the belief.

The conditions and circumstances of our lives are the result of the thoughts that we apply. If we maintain a conscious effort to avoid negative thinking and consistently visualize positive result, we will be more likely to achieve our purpose. Creative visualization is a technique that uses the power of the mind to free the process and create the result. Through this technique our thoughts are activated to create reality. We now have a vision to believe in. By repeating the same thought day after day we program our mind to act on it and bring it into reality. Thoughts and mental images then lead to action without doubt or fear. We believe that we can, so we do.

Gil's extension thru shot

Once our belief systems are backed by faith in the capacity that lies within our being we are then able to simply trust that it will happen.

Trust is amorphous. It cannot be recognized through the intellect. It must be felt through an attachment to the senses. Trust can only exist if there is something at stake to lose. This is what takes trust beyond hope. You might say there is no hope without complete trust. Then we are enabled to believe. Trust will instill confidence which in turn will free an experience from imposing any option of failure. Power now can be released with uninhibited flow. The emotional response will be of wonder and joy. Passion will be supported and the purpose for action rekindled. The process for execution can be put into action with absolute conviction and belief. Continuation of our pursuit is now lifted to new levels of belief and opens to the future.

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