Many people say they’re fully committed when really they aren’t. They hold back out of perhaps fear or from being focused on too many things at the same time. What really matters most to you? Are you fully committed?
I was working with a golfer a few years ago who had asked me to help him with a certain aspect of his game. He was known as someone who would play great when it didn’t really matter – but someone who would ‘choke’ in pressure situations.
If you’re a regular reader of my mails, you’ll know that I ruptured my Achilles tendon at the start of June, and required surgery. Last Friday was a milestone as my medical boot was removed and I’m into the next phase which is physio to build the muscle and tendon back up.
I don’t often repeat my weekly email about the same subject, but Shane Lowry warrants it. Understandably his recent victory in The Open has been the main focus of all sports and news media in Ireland over the past week and different stories have emerged.
An attitude like Shane Lowry’s can make any journey enjoyable. But only if that’s part of our approach.
“Part of what I will do is make this journey uncomfortable for you,
because the greatest teacher is adversity.”
The above words were what Jill Ellis said at her first meeting with the USA players after she had been hired as head coach.
Yesterday, five years after that meeting, the USA won the World Cup in women’s soccer for a record fourth time by beating The Netherlands, 2-0.
Last Friday was a big day in our household, as my daughter Jane had a graduation ceremony last from her primary (junior) school.
Even though I’m pretty much bed-bound with my Achilles’ injury I was fortunate to be able to make it for the service as I really didn’t want to miss this milestone.
I had a super week off last week – where I was on a retreat of sorts which meant absolutely no technology. It was very refreshing and something that re-enforced the benefits of really ‘Time Out’.
“I live in Mallorca, Spain and I’m not sure there are better places.” – Rafael Nadal, Tennis Star.
I was fortunate to have spent the weekend on the island of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean..
“The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today.” – Tiger Woods.
I remember when Tiger Woods won his first US Masters in 1997, which at the time was also his first ever major win.
He won by a remarkable 12 shots ahead of the runner up.
I remember being inspired by this young man who was nothing like this golf had ever seen. He transformed the way young players today approach the game i.e. as an athlete. Pre-Tiger, things like physical and mental fitness were not seen as being relevant. Now they are seen as essential.