Everyone knows that in order to improve yourself in any circumstance in life, it takes not only practice, but also the mindset to continuously look for new ways to challenge yourself. Without challenging yourself, you will never know just how far you can go and how much you can truly accomplish. This applies to golf for any player at any age. No matter how old you are, or whether you are just starting out, there are always ways to keep the game exciting and challenge yourself to reach new levels. It is important to continuously do this throughout your years in playing golf – you owe it to yourself to know just how much you are capable of, mentally and physically! So, what are some of the reasons why you should continue to look for new ways to challenge yourself on the golf course?
First, challenging yourself on the course will show your resilience. It is vital that you become resilient on the course. Miss an important swing? Lose a game? Get right back on your feet, give yourself the constructive criticism that you need to move forward, and work to be better! Being resilient is a great skill to have in many aspects of life, but especially when it comes to athletics. You will see first-hand how much you can grow as a player as you become more and more resilient. In being resilient, you must remind yourself that it is OK to fail; failing comes along with challenging yourself.
Second, challenging yourself on the course will teach you how to hold yourself accountable and how to reach new goals that you never thought you could. Make internal notes to yourself with specific goals that you want to achieve during the next time you golf. Perhaps you are looking to make better contact with the ball – write down attainable goals that will help you to ultimately reach this. Remind yourself that as you are challenging yourself to reach this over-arching goal, you must take baby steps and enjoy the full process of growing little by little each game you play.