While we all tend to mature and see things differently when looking back, I have worked really hard to change my mindset and my approach to hard work, discipline, and dedication. For most of my life, I was the type of athlete who thought I should see success because I happened to be good at something. I thought I should be rewarded simply for my talent. I thought I could take a lackadaisical approach to be a professional golfer and expect to play well among the best in the world. Clearly, I was wrong!
As a kid, I spent A LOT of time at the golf course but I didn’t understand what discipline and structure meant when it came to practice and my game. In college, I learned more about what quality practice and commitment looked like but I still never worked as hard as I should and I didn’t have my priorities in the right place, especially given the level of expectation at a program like Furman. And as I entered the world of professional golf, despite earning full LPGA status right out of college, my mindset did not improve even tho I continued to pursue a career as a professional golfer.
So my decision to play some competitive golf, even with just a little time to prepare, came with a commitment to utilize a better mindset and see what it felt like when I stepped on the 1st tee to compete again. While this has been just a very short “experiment” I did learn a few things that I wanted to share with you.