Two weeks ago, we witnessed a new superstar in the golf world. Jordan Spieth dominated the Masters Tournament, eventually tying the all-time scoring record at the Augusta National golf course.
If you watched Spieth that week, or any week on the PGA Tour, you will notice how much he chatters with his caddy, Michael Greller. But Geller does much more than just give knowledge about distance and the right club to hit. Geller always gives Spieth a positive push of confidence and ends his conversation before each shot about having a clear focus on the target.
What if Geller’s last words to Jordan before each shot were, “Don’t miss it right again” or “Don’t leave it short.” Michael Geller would be out of a job and back to teaching 6th grade math.
In business as in all aspects of our life, you have an inner caddy. And your inner caddy can fill you with loads of confidence and peace of mind or your inner caddy can berate you with constant negativity and create a world of self-doubt.
Why don’t you fire your bad inner caddy? Why do you let this negative self-talk continue?
Perhaps you have gotten complacent, or perhaps your bad inner caddy has become a bad habit that shows up to every meeting and important call.
One aspect that all successful athletes and business people have in common is that they have fired that bad inner caddy and, as important, train and retrain their good inner caddy on a daily basis. Here are a few essential strategies that will help you to master your inner voice:
1.Develop a good inner caddy book. Every day in this book, write a positive push like “I am really going to connect with my clients today” or “I feel it today.” Also look at your inner caddy book every day for a jolt of confidence.
2.Be like Bruce Lee. When negative thoughts crept into his mind, he wrote them on a piece of paper and then visualized crumpling that paper into a wad and throwing it into a burning fire. In that way, his negative thoughts would turn to ashes.
3. Snap out of it. Wrap a rubber band around your left wrist. Every time you have a negative thought, snap it. Not so much you are in pain but that you mean business. Then replace that negative thought with a positive self-statement. Over time your negativity will diminish. Of course, you can continue to wear the rubber band for a fashion statement.
As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”
Make it a habit to fire your bad inner caddy and re-hire your good caddy and you will become the success you want to be.
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University. The author of the Washington Post bestselling book, “Full Throttle,” he coaches business executives and speaks to businesses about mental and emotional toughness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.drgreggsteinberg.com.