Setting Goals – Prioritizing Your Golf Improvement Program

Setting Goals is the first in the series, “Prioritizing Your Golf Improvement Program.”

Setting goals for your short and long-term success as well as your enjoyment of golf is essential if you are looking to rid yourself of the frustration you are experiencing.  But you have to remember, that your goals, without a plan, are only dreams, a major cause of you experiencing frustration with your game.  As you set goals, realize that you are creating a flexible plan for success that does include understanding your objectives and the variables that may contribute or deny you the success you desire.  This is true whether you are setting goals for your improvement or your performance.

So many times I will meet a new client and ask them two very important questions; “Why do you play golf,” and what do you ultimately want to achieve as a golfer?”  The answers to these questions vary and most of the time provided in a general insight into a client’s desires.  The obvious follow-up question is, “How do you plan to achieve your goal and maintain the reason why you play?”  This question is typically answered with no specific detail as to how that individual plans to obtain the desired outcome.  If you are not setting goals with specific tasks within a flexible plan, can you realistically anticipate achieving your desired objectives?  No matter what industry or sport, setting goals must include specific yet realistic tasks, within a timeline, that is flexible enough that it bends and molds itself as progress allows.  Golf is no different.

With most of my private clientele, I provide them a form, similar to the pyramid depicted within this post, and ask the client to put the ultimate goal they want to achieve at the top of the pyramid.  Next I ask any long-term goals they think will allow them to reach the ultimate success.  Typically, these are the items most everyone can envision, but fail to devise a plan to achieve.

After filling in the top two layers of the pyramid, the tough part begins.  What will the bottom foundational level of your Success Pyramid look like and how will it support the long term goals you have in mind?  Setting goals at the foundational level is your first priority to achieving the success you desire as a golfer.

At this phase of setting goals, I typically the client how much time and effort are they willing to commit to obtain their ultimate goal.  Based upon the answer is how we jointly fill in the blanks of the remainder of the pyramid, starting at the bottom and working our way to the top.

I invite you to determine your ultimate goal as a golfer and begin the process of setting goals for your golf improvement using your own Success Pyramid.  Fill in the top block first, and then if you can. work from the bottom up to set realistic and achievable goals.  The bottom layers should include the simplest of items that provide foundational support to the upper levels.  As this series progresses, we’ll continue to discuss setting goals and how you can use your Success Pyramid in a more productive way to achieve the goals you set.

At any time, feel free to share your experiences as well as what your ultimate goal(s) as a golfer.  Your comments on Facebook and Twitter are always welcome along with and questions, photos, or videos you want to include.  Your real life situations we can address in this series, which will bring more meaning of this series of posts to you.