Have any of you ever made a mistake and it stuck in your head, and no matter what you did, you couldn’t move past it?
It’s happened to all of us, right? I have Roger Federer up here and do you notice he’s wearing a headband?
Do you think in between points he’s actually going and getting a towel from the ball boy and wiping his face off because he’s really wiping off that much sweat? No. It actually has nothing to do with that, you’ll see a lot of the top tennis players will go and in between points they will take a towel and they will wipe their face.
And it has NOTHING to do with sweat, because, again, he is wearing a headband! It’s actually a trigger and it’s a pattern interrupt. That whether something went well on the last point or whether something didn’t go well, I’m WIPING AWAY what just happened and I’m starting fresh. It’s what they do.
Golfers are no different. They all have pre-shot routines. They could be thinking 50,000 different thoughts walking up to the ball; about a bad shot that they just hit or something that went wrong, a putt that lipped out. But when they get up there, when they take the club out of the bag and when they get into their pre-shot routine THAT is their pattern interrupt and their thought process is, “I’m starting fresh, and I’m presently engaged with moving forward from this point on.”
That’s what Outperformers do.