Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Royals, THE Plan, Unfinished Business

It has been a long time since I have posted here on my blog, and I am very excited about many things that have happened since my last update. I could write a small novel, but I am going to try to be quick and efficient as I touch on topics ranging from my goals for the year to my beloved Royals capturing the greatest prize in baseball. I am feeling rested, ready, inspired, and most of all happy as I prepare to kick off the first of three consecutive tournaments to end my 2015 competitive calendar. 

I'm going to start with my Royals. Just more than one year ago, I used the motivational phrase "unfinished business" to describe both the Royals and my golf career. I had achieved the childhood dream of reaching the PGA Tour, but did not play well enough in my rookie campaign to keep my Card and establish myself at that level. Likewise, the Royals had played well enough to reach the 2014 World Series, but heartbreakingly fell short by one run in game seven. I said that we both had unfinished business because the Royals needed to get back to the World Series and win it, and I needed to get back to the PGA Tour and establish myself there. This fall, through a display of grit, teamwork, defense, and simply doing the "little things" right, the Royals' players took care of their unfinished business. They claimed the 2015 World Series, and it was an absolute joy to watch! I have achieved the first step in my unfinished business by earning my way back to the PGA Tour, and I'm ready to display the same grit and determination that the Royals did and resolve my unfinished business. 

I have a good plan to do just that. In the past, my Goal Page has always started with some big Outcome Goals that I am seeking to achieve. This year, I'm not even thinking about outcome. We all know (and me most of all!) that I'm trying to establish myself on the PGA Tour and earn my right to compete at this level year after year. Instead of pinpointing outcomes that will help me achieve this, I'm going to focus on a plan that will guide me along the way. The plan that I have come up with starts with Preparation (Process) Goals. I have a practice schedule and a fitness routine that I will commit to over the course of the 50-week PGA Tour season. The next concept in my plan is working towards key Performance Goals on the course. If I can focus my preparation to excel in a few key statistical areas, great results will follow. The final area of focus in my plan is my Personal Goals. These are commitments that I make in my life regardless of whether things are going well or poorly on the golf course. I know that being a good human being is more important to me than being a great golfer, but I also know that the two can and will work together. I'm excited about my plan. It is a good one, and following it will lead to the results that I want. Here is what my new Plan Board looks like:
I know that this board probably leaves some questions, but slowly, over the next several weeks, I will explain things in more detail. 

Using this plan as my guide, I had a great week off and have had two very productive days of preparation for this week's PGA Tour event in Jackson, Mississippi. During the first two events of this young PGA Tour season, I was over-anxious and tense. I didn't do a great job of following my Personal Goals, and that affected my ability to deliver on the course. I know that bad golf is going to happen from time to time. It happens to everyone in the entire world, but I don't want to let it happen to me because I'm not composed on the course. My game is starting to click, and I'm ready to play. I'm going to be happy and composed on the course, and if things go my way, I'm ready to have a great week. 

I feel great! I'm still on cloud nine about my Royals resolving their unfinished business, and I'm ready to follow my plan and resolve mine as well! Thank you for supporting and believing in me. Keep it here for more insights and updates from Jackson, MS.

25 comments:

  1. Nice Job - Bring it home Peter!!!!!

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  2. Great week for you. Keep up the good play!!!

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  3. Great week for you. Keep up the good play!!!

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  4. Been watching and playing golf avidly for 45 years and I have never enjoyed watching a round on TV more than today! GREAT tournament, Peter.

    Brian Austin, Dandridge TN

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  5. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your process with the world. Great for all who see it. Thanks!

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  6. Really proud of you and for you, Peter!

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  7. The best explanation is the result. Congratulations!

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  8. OMG, you did it !! We are so excited and loved the scenes of you and Alica celebrating ⛳️

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  9. Congratulations on your win today!! Keep up the positive attitude.

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  10. Could not be prouder or happier for you!!
    Congratulations and see you in April!!

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  11. Wow...I knew after playing with you Monday in the Pro Am, that you had the determination and desire to win it all! I am honored to have met you and actually played a full day with you. My team not showing up made the day that much better because my caddie Drew and I got to play and spend quality time with you and your caddie, I lifetime memory! Mark E.

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  12. Congratulations Peter. I admire your perseverance the past several years and I couldn't be happier for you. Great performance under pressure coming down the back nine today.

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  13. Great job!!! Saw your wife (?girlfriend) sporting the KC hat so I decided to look you up. A Mizzou guy too... even better!!! You have a new fan. Go Royals!!!

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  14. Peter, I live on the coast of Maine and have followed you here for 2 years...never commented...just wanted to congratulate you on your win...so well deserved...your blog is really such a help to any golfer looking to improve...again, enjoy the results of your hard work...

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  15. Seeeeeeeeet

    Nice Job Peter --- 3 year exemption is HUGE!!

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  16. Congrats on the great win Peter! I played with you at the pro am in Charlotte a couple months ago and have loved following you ever since! You are an amazing putter and a solid guy! Best wishes for many more of these!

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  17. Impressive win ! It is not important what you do, it is important who you are ! Keep doing good things and good things will happen to you, great that you will share your thoughts with us. I

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  18. Congrats Peter. The real win for you is your help and support of others. Good on you and love those chin ups.

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  19. Congrats!!!! You did it and proved you are the real deal. Very impressive how you hung in there over the last few holes. That's big-time stuff!!! Alot of fun to watch as well. Enjoy your success.

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  21. Peter, will you share what the 20,20,10 and 25,20,5 for your process goals mean?

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