I’m a huge golf fan. I’ve been watching–and to some degree playing–golf since I was a kid. My older brother is a lefty and plays religiously. He used to love to watch the pro tournaments including the major championships on TV so I pretty much grew up with the sport (as well as football, basketball, hockey, and baseball). Keeping with our theme of strength with grace and realizing the power of thoughts, let’s look at the Masters which is being played currently at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
Augusta National is the meca of golf. I consider myself privileged to have been on this hallowed ground 3 times in my life. Right now at the Masters one of the big story lines is Tiger Woods–as he has been THE STORY in the golf world for many years but the last 2-3 in particular. Many of you know the scandal surrounding Tiger but most of you may not follow what has happened since his big sex scandal broke around 2-1/2 years ago.
Tiger has won an amazing 14 major golf championships in his professional career (the four majors are played each year beginning with the Masters in early April, then the US Open in June, the British Open in July, and the PGA Championship in August). Tiger was on par (forgive the pun) to break Jack Nicklaus’ best ever achievement of 18 major wins in record time. But, since his adulterous affairs began to surface over 2 years ago, Tiger hasn’t won a major even though he had been winning at least 1-2 a year for the last 10 years. The last major he won was in 2008–the US Open at Torrey Pines in June.
Listening to broadcaster Nick Faldo today (a current commentator and former pro golfer who has won a number of majors), he commented that Tiger’s problem is “in his head.” Nick said something like, “he was cruising along and then ‘life happened’ and Tiger’s ability to overcome the changes to his life has been difficult. His confidence has left him.” Even the great ones are impacted by life, by their choices, and by what life does to their confidence and their thoughts.
It’s our thoughts that lead to our feelings that lead to our behaviors. I keep saying it because it impacts us every minute of every day. We dwell on the past; we worry about the future; we have difficulty staying in the present. We have difficulty forgiving ourselves and other people and it impacts the way we live every day. Challenge yourself to reframe your thoughts. The past is behind you–you cannot change it. Learn from it and then let it go.
Easter (or Spring if you are not Christian) is a time of rebirth and renewal. Our bad shots (Fore!) of the past are gone. Shake them off, learn from them, and start fresh. Give your best to the present. We can do this!