Do Less to Achieve More


The game of golf just as the game of life is loaded with paradox. One of the most commonly acknowledged yet most often ignored is the paradox that says:
Less Is More

Gerald became a client several months ago. He was very excited to enter into The FlowZone Program and like many others, entered into it with some expectations about what he would get. I asked him what his expectation of the process was and he replied: Well, Im excited because by all accounts your approach is going to be different from other things Ive read or tried and Im really hoping to get a lot of information. The trap; strike one. I then replied, Youre pretty analytical on the golf course and youve mentioned that your mind tends to run-on and sometimes you have a hard time quieting your mind, is that right? Yes, Gerald answered. I know its my mind that gets in the way and I know I hesitated quite a lot before I finally called you so I finally want to absorb as much information as I can! The trap; strike two. I then replied, Gerald, what if I told you the last thing you need is more information? Dead silence. I waited for a moment and Gerald finally spoke. What do you mean? How can I improve if I dont have more information? Strike three.
Heres the deal Gerald. Most golfing clients enter into the FlowZone Process thinking they need more information. In my experience, more information does NOT necessarily equate to better performance. Dont get me wrong, Im not suggesting that information is unnecessary but the desire for more information is a trap for most people and they dont even realize it. A trap? Gerald asked. Yes, its a trap for the golfer who already over analyzes his or her game, thinks too much on the golf course and whose mind is truly the cause of his or her under performing. Think about it, Gerald, your mind is already overworking and its focusing on all sorts of things that interfere with you playing your best golf, would you agree? Sure! he said. Okay, if this is the case, do you really believe that by me dumping MORE information into your system that this will help your game or hurt your game? Gee, I never thought of it that way before but now that you put it that way, I guess more information is probably the last thing I need to gunk up my system any more than it already is! Gerald is starting to get the idea.
To further make my point I asked Gerald, Have you ever experienced the zone? Oh yeah, it was great. What was that like for you? Well, I remember playing really well and it seemed like I wasnt working as hard as I usually do. Things seemed to happen more easily. This is a very common answer to that question. Then I asked, When you were in the zone, were you thinking more or thinking less? Oh, way less he replied. Were trying harder or trying less hard? Once again his answer was Less hard. Were you handling adversity better or worse? Way better Gerald answered. What I wanted Gerald to begin to notice is that when he performed his best, it wasnt because he was doing more; it was because he was doing less.
The trap that many golfers fall into is in thinking they need to have more information in order to play their best. Gerald had his own proof that he performed much better when he allowed himself to actually do less and the result was; he achieved more. This is the paradox. Most people understand this paradox intellectually but have a very difficult time putting it into practical application. Like Gerald, instead of doing less to get more people wind up doing MORE to get more.
Here are two examples of how we do MORE to get more:
1. Tightening up our muscles in anticipation of trying to get more distance.
Tightening up your body results in LESS power not more! Its another one of the mental traps that players slip into without realizing it. If you dont believe it; all you have to do is think back to a time when you really wanted to nail this one. What happened? Chances are you had less power.
2. Speeding up rather than slow down
This is another of the traps we slip into. When we get pumped up or frustrated and want to play better we think that speeding up is going to help. Most of the time it does not. Its another demonstration of the doing MORE to try and get more out of our game. When we slow down we are actually able to get more out of ourselves and our game. Its another example of doing less to get more.
These are easy traps to fall into. The FlowZone approach, as Gerald quickly learned is really one of subtraction rather than addition. Most clients do not need more information or more clutter to add to their already cluttered mind/body/performance relationship. They just think they do because thats their frame of reference when they think about how to improve themselves. How many times have you thought I could really play better if I would just get out of my own way!? Ive heard countless golfers (and other athletes/business people) say those words and yet bypass the real message being given when they say them! Those words make perfect sense. Listen to what youre actually saying! Your best performances WILL resurface when you DO get out of your own way. This is exactly what happens when we experience the zone state. Adding large amounts of information is not usually the way to get out of your way. It often just gives you more things to think about causing you to be more cluttered; not less.
Your best performances are sitting inside you waiting for you to remove the clutter; LET IT OUT!
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