Practice SMART Perform SMART

Working smarter does not mean working harder. It simply means practicing on the areas of your game you wish to improve requires a plan with specific objectives. It’s not about the quantity of the work you do, but the quality of the work on the specific task areas of the skill needing refinement.

Focus on what is absolutely critical to improve the skill. If it happens to be your golf swing be sure to know exactly what it is with your golf swing you wish to correct. If you don’t know what the issue is then seek out a swing coach to analyze your swing

Once you have a better understanding of the technical weaknesses of your swing you must establish a set of performance objectives focused on correcting that aspect of your swing.

When you establish objectives use the SMART principle. Objectives must be:
1. Specific
2. Measurable
3. Achievable
4. Relevant
5. Timely.

The next step is to assign task related exercises associates with each objective. The practice plan will focus on these task related exercises in order of importance with larger motor refinements first and then finer motor movements last. Success is achieved in successive steps. Achieve mastery with one task and then move onto the next task. By taking these serial related steps to your plan you will enhance the skill, build confidence, and trust in the skill execution.

I talk quite a bit about the process of establishing a plan in my new book, Mental Edge: Success Tracking and Journaling System.
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