Giving yourself enough opportunities to win.
Persistence, endurance, courage, strength, belief, and hope.
Anyone who has a milestone in their life to celebrate has at least one or two stories related to these words or phrases.
Such was the case on Sunday, April 9th when the final round of the Masters golf tournament ended like this:
As a sports fan, I usually only watch the last few holes of the Masters. This was certainly a thrilling ending! I could watch that video over and over again!!!!
But my favorite part was the crowd – watch how they react when the ball goes in the hole! This clip from CBS Sports.com is awesome!
I just LOVE a good sports story but since I don’t really follow golf, I didn’t fully understand why Sergio was the favorite to win. So, I looked up some facts: (thanks to google)
Sergio turned pro when he was 19 years old. He is now 37 years old.
Career events played: 312
Career wins: 9 ( I think I am reading the chart correctly)
2nd place finishes: 15
Top Ten finishes: 94
Top Twenty Five finishes: 169
Let’s process this a minute. What are you going to do 312 times and only win 9 of those times? At what point do you call it quits and give up? It must be so frustrating to get so close and not win. In Sergio’s case, 94 times!!! (top ten finishes stat)
I wondered – how many times has Sergio Garcia played in the Masters? (wikipedia.com)
If you don’t know, you have to earn the right to play in the Masters and THEN play the best golf of your life to win it! The Masters is like the “superbowl” of golf.
So, it’s no wonder the excitement of the playoff and the overwhelming support for Sergio to win his first green jacket:
Did you listen to his words?
“I felt calmness, I still believed.”
“I still believed”
That’s the phrase that got my attention. Because I watched a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole to determine the winner. It’s easy to lose hope when play is still tied and the game moves into a sudden death playoff.
Sergio believed, despite the missed put on 18, that he could still win the Masters.
And, he did.
That is cause for celebration! Believing in yourself is the first step to overcoming adversity and giving yourself every opportunity to win!
What makes this story even better?
Sergio won the Masters on the 60th birthday of his golf hero, Seve Ballesteros
Seriously, that’s just everything coming together for a great sports story.
Sergio played in the Masters before and did not win. But, he also did not give up. Sergio’s story is just one of many that illustrate what happens when you stick to your goals, no matter the setbacks.
Earlier this month, I had a client tell me that the April budget was already “shot to hell” and they would just start over in May.
Oh, no you aren’t! Not when I am the coach.
What I knew was that the person had already come so far in getting better at money management, I wasn’t going to let a setback derail them from the goal.
If you want something bad enough, you figure out a way to make it happen. You figure out how to win. You work on your mindset and your physical strength. Most of all, you never, ever, ever give up!
We have reason to celebrate those who have not given up! What can we celebrate with you today? What goal have you accomplished because you did not give up, because you overcame adversity and because you gave yourself opportunities for success?
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I cannot wait to read your story!!!!