What does it take to create an effective habit?
In order to win the Masters, Jordan Spieth failed to display good effective habits.
Effective habits are the integration of knowledge, skill, and desire. Most people think that effective habits are created solely on the notion of desire. It is absolutely not true.
We have to be more interested than interesting and look at the skills, or the “how to”, in creating effective habits. How are we going to create or effectuate this change?
We need to have incredible self-awareness and insight in order to figure out what skills we possess or lack.
We also have to have the knowledge or the, “what to”, in order to create or effectuate this change. We have to be able to see the difference between these good habits and bad habits, and what the catalysts of these habits are.
Finally, we need desire, the “want to”, which is obviously the most important of the three. Do we really want to create or effectuate this change?
Jordan Spieth at the Masters this week displayed the value and necessity of all three habit forming traits:
Firstly, he displayed an intense desire to win. He clearly has the desire, as he had previously tied for second before winning in 2015 and tied for second again this year. He showed the desire many times as he bogeyed holes and came back with four birdies to finish the front 9. Even after his meltdown on the back nine’s first par three he displayed great desire to attempt a comeback.
Fortunately, he also displays the second key component, the absolute skill for these effective habits to be the number one golfer in the world because, as Jordan Spieth says of himself, “When we’re on we’re one of the best in the world”. His numbers are, in fact, remarkable. Spieth is one of the best putters on the tour by far. He is number one on tour in putting average, number two in overall putting average and one-putt percentage.
Jordan Spieth played his best at the Masters when he was aggressive. Where Jordan fell down was with this last component of effective habits… knowledge. He did not leverage the situational knowledge gained from all the years that he has played. On the par three hole 12, he displayed that he needed more situational knowledge on how to play safe and have patience.
Jordan Spieth, congratulations and I look forward to seeing how your effective habits grow and grow and grow. I look forward to many more Major Victories including the Masters!
By: David Meltzer