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Improve your game from your inbox – Dream Big

Improve your game from your inbox – Dream Big

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf

Erik van Rooyen has secured his card to play on the European Tour next season after winning the Hainan Open. The man with the million-dollar smile had to battle the wind and the rain to win by two strokes. reports that the 27-year-old can not wait to play alongside his close friends Dylan Frittelli and Julian Suri – both former Challenge Tour players who have won on the European Tour this season. Van Rooyen told “I am super stoked and it has always been a dream of mine to play on the European Tour. To have that dream become a reality after today feels amazing.

“I have played a couple of European Tour events and you just really want to be there as you really want to play against the best out there.”

“Dylan did the same last year and Julian – what an amazing guy and a great player – also won on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour this season. It makes you want to get there as, without sounding arrogant, you know that you are as good as them so you just want to be there with them.”

This is the point for the tip of the week. Dream Big.

Tip of the week – Dream Big

A few weeks ago, I have written about Justin Thomas and the goals he set for himself at the start of the season. Those goals he met emphatically.

Van Rooyen is another example of a player with goals. It would be interesting to know if he has those goals written down somewhere as he refers to them as a dream.

As the famous saying goes, goals are dreams with a due date.

As the title of this post implies, our tip this week is to dream big. Your goals need to be inspiring to help you to focus. By setting your goals too low it won’t inspire you to take much action. Therefore you need to set, as Jim Collins put it, big hairy audacious goals. Once you have that big goal you can proceed to break it down into actionable steps to achieve it. suggests the following steps to reach your BIG goals:

1.) Set goals that are important to you. (If it’s not important to you it won’t motivate you.)
2.) Create milestones. (Measuring and getting feedback about your progress toward achieving your goals create momentum and motivation to continue.)
3.) Enjoy the journey. (Slogging the day away toward your goal is also not the point. When you’re on the golf course you have to enjoy the journey.)

Quote of the week

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. – Bruce Lee

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About The Author

Coen Welsh

Coen Welsh, a qualified industrial psychologist, is an expert on the Antecedents and underlying Psychological Conditions predicting Employee Engagement.He has worked in diverse teams in the UK, Egypt and Namibia. Coen regularly gets invited to speak at HR and other conferences. He is a regular contributor to NBC National Radio as well as Tupopyeni and Off-the-Hook on NBC Television. He is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia. You can visit him at or send a comment to [email protected]