Long ago, there was a trader named Bogey. He amassed a huge wealth by his hard work. He had everything in his house.
One day, he set out on a trade journey.
When he was passing through a forest, he felt tired and wanted to take rest for some time. He sat under a tree to relax.
While relaxing, he felt thirsty and desired for a glass of Water,
'If I had some water with which I could quench my thirst right now!' There was a miracle. No sooner did he wish for water than a pitcher appeared before him. He quenched his thirst and felt relieved.
After some time, he felt hungry and wished for food. He said to himself, 'If a plate of tasty food be available to me now, I would be really lucky.'
As soon as he thought of it, there appeared a plate of tasty food before him. He ate to his full satisfaction.
Too much of food made him drowsy and he murmured, 'How can I sleep on this rough surface? Why shouldn't there be a soft bed for me?' As he uttered these words, a colourful and comfortable bed of
velvet appeared before him immediately.
Bogey slept on the bed. He felt as if he was in heaven as his all desires were being fulfilled immediately.
He was quite unaware that he was sleeping under a tree which can fulfil any desire. It was not an ordinary tree but a Kalpavriksha (a tree thought to have powers to fulfil any desire). Bogey enjoyed a good sleep on the velvet bed.
After he awoke, he began to think, 'I am all alone in the forest which is full of wild animals
like lions, tigers and wolves who may come at any moment and can kill me. I would not be a
ble to protect myself.'
As he thought so, a ferocious tiger appeared there and attacked Bogey. Poor Bogey was so scared that he could not even run. Thus, he was killed because of his negative thinking.
It is said that the a man is always led by his thought. A positive thinking leads to positive results. It anticipates happiness and favourable result from every situation. Hence, we should always be positive.
Why this story in particular? I believe that the same type of thinking is what sets apart those who are mentally strong and those who are not.
As you just saw in the story above, the moment that Bogey began to think about danger, it killed him. Same thing on the golf course. When we allow ourselves to think about the things that will help influence us in a positive manner, we typically receive that thought. The same holds true for the space that we hold negative thoughts. If we get out there and constantly are thinking about the things that could/have gone wrong, instead of the things that we need in order to succeed, you more than likely fail.
How many times have you been in a round and let's say that you haven't hit a golf ball to the right all day. You step up to the 14th tee box and there is water going down the entire right side of the hole.
You step up to the tee box and tell yourself to not hit it in the water and guess what happens............you hit your first ball right of the day, straight into the water. All you had to do was tell yourself to hit the fairway and worst case scenario you would have missed left.
As previously mentioned, there is equally as much wrong with telling yourself what not to do as what to do.
This is why it instrumental that we control our thoughts. There is nothing worse than shooting yourself in the foot, in the middle of the round, because of a thought that could have been prevented.