Love him or hate him… Tiger Woods won another major.
Personally, I’ve been a big fan of Tiger for a long time. I remember when he couldn’t miss a putt, when he was at the top and then changed his swing, I watched him drop to rock bottom living in embarrassment of his personal decisions. Then, I watched him slowing try and fail and try again as he battled injury, disappointment and having to overcome adversity after adversity…
I remember thinking many times, I know he will be back, it’s just a matter of time. I watched year after year, slowly and surely, he would try to come back to golf and slowly he would drift away. Until one day, he won again. It didn’t matter if it was a small tournament that didn’t mean anything, it was a sign of progress. Again and again he would play and fall and then win and then fall again. Watching from the outside I could only imagine what was going on in his head day after day. I was personally trying to understand his mindset as he had to change from the world’s best golfer to crawling his way back day after day until he could visualize himself practicing again.
I know I’m not the best in the world at running and I know I am not in the same category as Tiger Woods… but he has taught me many lessons I have used and continue to use that have helped me recover from the highs of thinking I was invincible to the lows of depression, alcohol abuse and losing everything I had earned… Like Tiger, I have never quit and I have promised myself I will fight back as hard and as long as it takes to get back to the top of my game… and then continue moving forward.
No matter how far you fall you can always pick yourself up and start again… you need to stand up before you can step forward.
“Winning takes care of everything.”
“I know if I’m playing my best I’m tough to beat and I like that.”
Always getting better
1% growth every single day… Every day is a chance to get better but you have to take the consistent action to get the compounded positive results. If you don’t have 100% today, you’d better find it because if you only grow on the days you feel like it, you won’t get very far in life.
Avoiding the “Big Miss”
Perfection is not attainable… but when we miss, set yourself up to recover. For me, if I missed a workout or didn’t eat “right”, I had the choice to keep myself accountable the remainder of the day or to forget about my goals and let myself run wild in the kitchen… I kept my consistency because I kept my losses small which allowed me to recover quickly and allowed me to keep my progress on track.
Be the hardest worker you know
I don’t care what everyone else is doing… I’m not in competition with them. I’m working to be better than I am today while I work toward where I want to be tomorrow. Other people’s goals and actions don’t interest me… because what they are doing has nothing to do with what I am doing. If you’re in the top 1%, you can’t focus on what the 99% of people behind you are doing because naturally their action and effort level is less than what you need to do to grow beyond where you are today.
“Winning is not always the barometer for getting better.” -Tiger Woods