”Success is found in the process – not the result” – Gary Kirsten
Hi, I’m Coach Rob Opie, and the subject of this week’s COACHING NEWSLETTER is
Don’t chase the game. Live the journey.
Next week we will see Tiger Wood’s making his latest comeback to competitive golf.
The 41-year-old is set to resume his playing career when he tees it up at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.
It will be his first start since February, and as always, all eyes will be on him. Can he do it this time around?
In this week’s coaching newsletter, we go inside the game plan of one of sport’s greatest ever – a 14 time golf major winner, to see what we can learn from his remarkable life story.
Tiger’s story, is a story of two halves. One before age 31 – and one after age 31.
Not since the days of Jack Nicklaus (18 majors), Arnold Palmer (7 majors) and Gary Player (9 majors) – has anyone dominated world golf like Tiger had by the age of 31.
Sports psychologist Steven Kosslyn had this to say about a man who was voted sporting super- star of the decade.
In Tiger’s head there is an orchestra. And it’s not just that some of the orchestra players are virtuosos. A lot of them are. He has all the aces – Steven Kosslyn
By age 31, Tiger had won 12 majors and was well on track to achieve his No.1 goal in life:
To become the greatest player who has ever played the game (by breaking Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors.)
But, then life changed dramatically for Tiger.
In May 2006, Tiger’s lost his dad, Earl Woods.
Earl Woods had served twenty years in the US Military. A Vietnam veteran, he retired a Lieutenant Colonel – his final posting as an instructor of military science and tactics. After retiring, he threw everything into guiding Tiger’s burgeoning golf career.
Earl Wood set his son military like goals, becoming his supreme mentor, strategist, tactician and confidante.
A pact existed between father and son – to chase down Jack Nicklaus’s record tally of majors. It was a pact to dominate world golf.
With his dad at his side, it was ok to ”chase the game – chase the results”, but suddenly at age 31, Tiger found himself all on his own.
Domination is a dangerous word, and ” BURN OUT ”was becoming an ever increasing risk for a lonely Tiger Woods.
”Burn Out” transpires when too much focus is placed on ”chasing the results’‘ – resulting in too much pressure being placed on self.
The pressure can be relenting and all it takes is just one adversity for any athlete to reach and breach a tipping point.
Without his dad, his mentor by his side, it’s not too difficult to understand why Tiger tried to counter- balance:
extreme pain with extreme pleasure
From mid 2006, Tiger’s career began to derail – and it exploded in the media in 2009 when his many alleged extramarital indiscretions were revealed by several women, through many worldwide media sources.
In was a long hard road back for Tiger Woods, but to his credit he managed to climb back to the No.1 world ranking by April 2013.
But his No.1 ranking was short lived and something he was unable to sustain.
It was not the Tiger of old – with no more majors being added to his tally.
What could help Tiger to bounce back this time – and win a few more majors?
Note: Tiger’s last major victory was at the 2008 US OPEN.
Firstly, take his foot off the gas. Stop placing relentless pressure on himself. Stop chasing the game. Stop chasing the results.
Secondly, to refine and refocus his second half game plan, with the primary focus this time around being placed on his purpose in life – not his goals in life:
To entertain, to educate and to enrich the lives of millions with his God- given sporting genius
Thirdly, find himself a mentor to help him navigate a brand new second – half road, one of :
Sustained Success and Significance
It’s near impossible to be at the top – and stay at the top – without mentorship these days.
Fourthly, start living the journey – and enjoying it.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way – Brian Dyson
Rickie Fowler, Tiger’s practice mate, was recently asked if the rumours are true that Tiger’s been hitting it by him in practice at Medalist.
Oh yeah. Way by. So yeah, Tiger’s back- Rickie Fowler
Next week will see just how far Tiger has come? His current world ranking stands at a lowly 1189.
The Hero World Challenge is his charity event, so he is starting out right, by giving back to the game that has given him so much.
I believe he still has many majors left in him.
That’s if he surrounds himself with the right support – support to help him power up both his professional and personal game plan.
” Success is found in the process – not the result.”
Don’t chase the game. Live the journey.
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