Ora Group recently read an interesting article which compares Mental strength to playing golf.
According to the article featured on entrepreneur.com, most people don’t realize that there’s an logical process by which they think their thoughts. Supposedly, mentally tough people, those who can withstand huge amounts of stress and act with focus under pressure, take a more deliberate approach to how they process every thought throughout the day. The article takes an interesting perspective and says you can compare this process to the way a professional golfer, approaches their swing.
Managing director Obi Shorinwa of Ora Group is a sports enthusiast himself, and enjoys a creative sports metaphor, that is why this unique perspective grabbed his attention. If you’ve ever played golf yourself, then you know that there’s a process for every stroke that includes factors related to grip, stance, body position and the mechanics of the swing. If you want to become a member of the mentally tough and I hope you do as it will serve you well in business, start to apply this golf-swing-like process to your decision making, personally and professionally.
According to the article, the Golf Swing of Thinking is the four-step process through which to run every thought. It has been named thinking like CRAP: Clarity, Relevance, Accuracy and Precision. Humorous yes, but most importantly it sticks, here’s how to it works. First, Clarity. The article homes in on how most of us have a difficult time communicating clearly, but that is a symptom of not thinking clearly. Most tell others what they don’t want, but have an extremely difficult time saying what it is they do want. Exactly the same way we “Look both ways when you cross the street.”
The article describes how the brain translates the word “don’t,” do or even completely erases the word and does exactly what you didn’t want to do. As you have brought the idea to the attention of your brain and now subconsciously that’s all you can think about. For example, a golfer will think “Don’t hit the ball into the water”… Where has the ball gone? SPLASH!.. Exactly. Or don’t hit it into the sand trap. Don’t spill your milk. Don’t screw this up. Don’t fumble the ball, unconsciously, these all become the new target.
So flip this theory, and the first step to becoming a mentally tough thinker is to clearly define and focus on what it is that you DO want. When faced with any decision, ask yourself, what is the outcome that I really want and then your subconscious will target it, much like the law of attraction and positive thinking. The article then makes a very strong connection which self made entrepreneur Obi Shorinwa of Ora Group can relate to. Put this theory into the office environment and using accuracy and precision to target what you DO want from a meeting with clients, or staff and order your thoughts, emotions and attitudes. This is a very interesting take on mental toughness, perhaps this comparison really does hit the sweet spot of mental toughness.