Do Something You Have Always Wanted To Do

Sunday 21st July 2013

I only have one chance to celebrate my first film, and so there are a few freebies below. More about the film. It is called Anti, and it is about a middle-aged man in London who has difficulty adjusting to modern life and embracing diversity. The final scene is a bit different, and something I have always wanted to do! The film has been entered into the Virgin Media Shorts Awards, and is only two minutes long. This is the link. Please ‘like’ it and share it with friends.

Now the freebies. I have posted some free stuff on YouTube, and I hope you will find the content both interesting and helpful. This is the link.

My article last week about Andy Murray, and the critical role of his coach generated considerable traction, and many readers wrote to me asking what they could do to achieve their goals if they did not have a coach?

Self-coaching is a poor substitute, but can be effective as long as a few ground rules are considered.

My view is that any form of life coaching or self-development starts at the foundations. What is the biggest long-term (not short-term) issue that is standing in the way of progress? If the foundation is rocky then addressing other issues will not be too effective. It is human nature to identify a simple problem to fix, and ignore or even deny the major issue.

In golfing terms there is no point changing the grip if there is a poor body turn affecting every other smaller part of the body. In my humble opinion, and I know many do not agree with me, the golf swing starts with the feet, and moves progressively up the body to the shoulders, and the arms and hands are the last bits to move. Everything else has to sync before they can perform their vital actions.

When golf teaching pros only have one short session with a client they will understandably focus on a quick fix. This is the same as a doctor treating a symptom, and ignoring the underlying illness.

Which is the perfect opportunity to introduce regular columnist PGA Golf Head Professional Mark Peddar

To Learn, Become the teacher!

 Taking a lesson, in anything seems to conjure up bored days in class rooms etc.

These poor memories are due to normally a couple of factors, the teaching skills of the Coach, and how we act as pupils, meaning pupils having lessons, but afterwards almost immediately discarding its information.

To help you get the most out of your lessons in any walk of life, there is a great concept in Stephen R. Covey`s Book, ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people.’

Turn the learning experience on its head and become the teacher. Meaning go into the lesson with the mind set that within the next 48 hours you will yourself give the lesson to other people. With this see how your mental and emotional processes change towards the lesson.

With this your memory retention will be better, your perspective will be expanded, understanding deepened and motivation to apply its teachings greater.

These attributes make you a better student, but a better person in general. So you gain in ability, confidence, losing those inhibitions of learning.

Bring back school!

Indeed so. When I was training as a surgeon our mantra was ‘Watch one, do one, teach one.’ I’m not sure whether our patients would have agreed with the mantra, and I am sure things are very different now in the NHS. I hope so.