That's a fantastic answer! I really appreciate the thought and effort.
As with any inquiry, more information brings to mind additional questions. I hope this isnt too tedious a topic to ask a few more. Sorry.
I guess my take-away from this first iteration is that conscious positive thinking/visualization doesn't necessarily "hurt" skill development/performance, but it really doesn't contribute anything if it is not in line with the objective, external reality.
For example, if I tell/convince myself "I cant make this putt"; I probably won't. (Not sure exactly why though.) Whereas thinking, "I can/will make this putt" will at least give me a chance, but only if I really "know how" to do it and don't let conscious thinking get in the way. Am I close?
From your perspective would it be accurate to say that "awareness" and "acceptance" of reality is much more important than any amount of positive thinking or visualizing positive outcomes?
Is there really anything one can consciously do to better utilize the function of the unconscious and/or subconscious mind/brain (besides not banging your head against the wall)? I've heard/read multiple times that the subconscious doesn't know the difference between something vividly imagined and one actually experienced. I've still got a hard time with that one, but don't seem to want to let all of it go.
FYI, I don't think I've consistently played/putted up to my potential because of things going on (or not going on) inside my coconut, thus my interest in the subject/topic.