Desire Vs Burning Desire

By David BreslowNovember 28, 2007, 5:00 pm
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Desire Vs. Burning Desire?
Golfers everywhere have a desire to improve their game. The desire to be our best is a common theme that crosses all levels of skill, experience, age or gender. It is natural to want to do and be our best no matter what were doing. Im not talking about a desire to be THE best; Im talking about a desire to be YOUR best.
The question is;
What level is your desire to be your best?

All the golfers I meet and talk to express a certain desire to improve but there is a big difference between a mild desire and a burning desire.
Clients of the Infinite Golf approach understand this difference and learn how to tap into a burning desire and why it impacts every level of their game.
When I talk to amateur golfers about burning desire, they ask, Isnt a burning desire something the pros need and not something an amateur needs? A burning desire is not the domain of the professional golfer. Its the domain of EVERY golfer. Why? Because a burning desire to be your best simply means that you have a passion to pursue personal excellence. It means that you have the desire to be YOUR best. Thats all. This has nothing to do with being number 1 or anything else. Its simply being YOUR best. Desire is what allows you to generate and create more of what you want no matter what level you play.
Tiger Woods, Lorena Ochoa, Jack Nicklaus and others shared a burning desire to play professional golf at the highest level. Tiger desires to be number one and to be recognized as the best of all time. Gandhi and Donald Trump both had a burning desire as well. Anyone who achieves their best, no matter what that is, has a burning desire lurking behind the scenes. Do you just want something or do you really want something? The question: what do you want? is certainly important but the question, how much do you want it? is the key to how you go about achieving it.
Ive talked to many amateur golfers who say they want to play better but their want is more of what I call a mild desire. A mild desire is more of wish or a hope that something will improve. Id like to be better and I hope Ill be better are comments that often reflect this. A mild desire usually leads to mild results.
A burning desire is nothing more than a reflection of your passion for what you want. Do you really want to play better? Do you really want to break 100, 90, 80 or turn professional? Do you follow through on what you say you want? Is the action you take, getting you what you want? A burning desire can lead you toward what you want more quickly because it creates a strong energetic force that propels you toward your goal. A burning desire may lead you to make choices that are effective and even ineffective at times. It doesnt matter though because the passion you have toward achieving something continually moves you forward and you will discover what works for you and what doesnt, if youre paying attention.
Here are 3 important questions you can ask yourself. Rate yourself by picking the number that most closely reflects where you stand right now!
Whats your level of desire to improve your game?
Low Mild High
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Do you take action on what you say you want?
Low Mild High
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Are the steps youre taking really getting you what you want?
Low Mild High
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
This last question is important. If you rated yourself a 7 or lower then you might want to revisit the strategies being used. If you have the desire and even take action on it but the action doesnt help you get what you want (i.e. enjoy yourself more, be more focused, shoot lower scores, be more confident, etc.) then its important to see that something in your approach isnt working for you. If somethings not working for you, why keep doing it?
To your best golf!
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