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Finding the Zone

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The word ‘pressure’ applies to each and every one of us, not just in sport where we deal with it on a daily basis. Needless to say, the word itself has negative connotations and we all see players wilting under pressure. So what is pressure? Pressure, very simply put, is the fear of failure; and the reason we feel pressure is worrying about not being able to achieve the desired outcome.

This brings me to the most important aspect of Sport, and life in general – Being in the present.

If you let your mind race ahead to the outcome instead of focusing on the process, that is when you feel pressure and let your mind wander. Here I turn to the age-old saying ‘Karm karo, phal ki iksha mat karo’, to explain my point. Simply put, focus on doing your job to the best of your ability without worrying about the results or outcome. Easier said than done, but that is the essence of what separates the Good from the Great and the ability to absorb pressure and use it as a tool to enhance your performance, rather than impede it.

Read the full article here in our October 2020 issue.

Arjuna Award winner Shiv Kapur is a leading Indian professional golfer. Shiv won an individual gold medal for India in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. After turning professional in 2004, he made a considerable impact in his second season, winning the Volvo Masters of Asia Championship. Shiv is a 4-time winner on the Asian tour, 2-time winner on the European Challenge tour, and has to his credit the best finish by an Indian golfer at the US Open in 2014.

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