You might be following the Ryder Cup this weekend, the US and European golf teams are hyper focused on winning the trophy. Danny Willett, one of the European players, has a major distraction due to his brother saying some quite unsavory things about the US team, even though he didn’t say them or agree with his brother, it is a distraction. We all struggle with distractions, taking our focus away from what’s most important to us. Success to a great extent is the ability to bring yourself back to focusing on the positive, on what’s most important. The European Captain and the team are helping Danny with this, supporting him in acknowledging that he is not his brother’s keeper, and that he does not support what has been said. Moreover, they are putting him to work on winning games – getting his focus on the positive, the team, the competition and the victory. He lost his first match, but he’s focused on the game, on winning for himself and the team.
An amateur golfer all too often when hitting a poor shot will try to recreate/focus on the bad shot to see what he/she did wrong. A pro golfer will retake his swing the correct way and his next shot will have the correct muscle memory, whereas the amateur will have the wrong muscle memory, and repeat a bad shot. My point is - focus on the positive, not the negative, realize your mistake and get back on focusing on the primary goal. This is what successful people do, positive focus is a critical element in your path to success!
Share your comments or feedback on this, does this happen to you? Let us know what has worked for you in the past, sports, life or career – how do you stay on task?