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Improve your game from your inbox – Don’t focus on outcome goals

Improve your game from your inbox – Don’t focus on outcome goals

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson for winning the 2018 WCG Mexico championship. CNN reports that Phil has played in 101 tournaments over the last 5 years and didn’t win a single one. He has been knocking on the door at the start of this season with a tied 5th place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a T2 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, not knowing at that point that the win was just around the corner. Congratulations to Phil for becoming the oldest WCG winner at 47 years old.

Tip of the week – Don’t focus on outcome goals

It must have been incredibly hard for 5-time major winner Mickelson to go through 5 years without winning. However professional golf is a tough sport.

Jack Nicklaus said: “Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.” This quote proves how hard it is to win in golf.

If Mickelson had measured his success on the course in terms of wins over the last five years he may have given up by now. However, when analysing his comments after the win we can see that he is not focussing on outcome goals.

For example, Mickelson said “I think that my game’s getting better each week.” Outcome goals are not in our control. Ultimately whether you win or lose, its not up to you. You can play your best and be beaten by someone else who is in sublime form that day.

So what should you do? The answer is simple, you should focus on process goals. Process goals focus your energy on the process you follow while playing. In other words, you should focus on areas you can control such as a pre-shot routine or your swing thought for the round.

Prior to a round of golf or a practice session you should identify one or two processes to keep in mind during the round and focus on those only. These processes could be the two elements mentioned above or it could be something related to your rhythm or keeping your head down. By focussing on the process, you allow the outcome to take care of itself.

Quote of the week

“I said earlier that if I couldn’t win, I want Phil to win.” – Jon Rahm

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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

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.