Over the past 15yrs of researching successful people from all walks of life, I think the thing that resonates with me the most is how boringly repetitive successful people live their day to day life. They have built a recipe of daily actions, habits or rituals that they follow religiously without allowing anyone or anything to derail their attention to these daily processes.
I remember a conversation a good friend of mine Aaron Baddeley and I had after his 1st season on the PGA Tour in 2003. We were having lunch and I asked him what was the thing that stood out the most during his 1st year on tour. His reply at the time was surprising to say the least, today as I am sitting here writing this its not surprising at all. He spoke about Vijay Singh and how repetitive he was every single week on tour. Badds could tell at any given moment during an event exactly where Vijay Singh would be, what he would be doing and how long he would be doing it for! Vijay was boringly repetitive with his weekly rituals that built a pathway/pattern for performance that helped him become one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour.
I find a lot of golfers rarely create this boring, repetitive daily routine consisting of high quality ingredients technically, mentally and physically that will help them to build a specific pathway/pattern of performance that will kick in under competitive stress.
One of the key benefits of adopting this repetitive structure is to eliminate confusion during these competitive situations. If you have fallen into a pattern of executing a variety of practise habits, processes or routines, this will trigger a state of confusion for your mind under tournament conditions. This confusion is triggered by the variety of pathways/patterns of performance that you have built in your mind that it easily gets confused with how you want it to perform under these competitive situations.
Today's society has conditioned us in a way to jump from thought to thought, action to action and multitasking has become the norm that we rarely execute a simple, repetitive daily plan for an extended period of time. Its this attention for an extended period of time that builds that pathway to become the most dominant pattern in our performance.
Take time to build a clear, defined simple structure of practise and performance habits that you know will help take you in the right direction and then execute this plan ALL DAY- EVERY DAY! This will build a single pathway/pattern in your mind (Neural Pathways) that will get stronger and stronger every time you execute it that under competitive stress, your mind will unconsciously access this pathway/pattern that will help you to feel comfortable and in control under any competitive situation.