The second weekend In April sees the Masters golf tournament take place – the first in the calendar of the men’s major golf championships; yet again, this year didn’t fail to deliver another nail biter. If you stayed awake to watch the final rounds taking place in Augusta, you were richly rewarded with a play-off that had you on the edge of your seat.
After playing professional golf for 18 years, 37-year-old Sergio Garcia finally won his first Major tournament and fittingly did so on what would have been his hero and mentor, Seve Ballesteros’s 60th Birthday.
It’s been a rocky road for Garcia. When he first turned professional, everyone had high hopes for him. In 1999, he came a close second to Tiger Woods in Garcia’s first US PGA Championship. However, over the course of the following 17 years, with 73 appearances at majors and four times the runner-up, Sergio looked destined to forever be the bridesmaid and never the bride.
In 2012, it looked like Garcia was going to give up when quoted as saying: “I’m not good enough. I don’t have the thing I need to have. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place.” What we at Winning Edge would definitely say is an expecting failure mindset. Indeed, in the run-up to this year’s Masters, the Spaniard didn’t even make it into the top ten rankings.
It certainly wasn’t plain sailing from the outset and on the final day, at the top of the leader board, Justin Rose looked the cool, calm and collected one out of the two; bearing in mind Garcia’s previous form, anyone would have been forgiven for assuming this major title was a given and switched off before heading off to Bedfordshire. However, if this were the case, you surely would be kicking yourself because this year, when the going got tough, the tough got going and Sergio Garcia proved his mettle.
So, what was different? There’s no doubt Garcia will have practised as much, worked through as many of the scenarios he could, played all kinds of shots, ensured he had the physical stamina to sustain his game through the four days and so forth. One thing had to hold steadfast and that was his stamina. When the chips were down, when all hope looked lost, Sergio’s mindset would carry him through. Without the self-belief, he wouldn’t be able to play the shots he did, whilst under what would be for many, intense pressure.
More and more disciplines in sport recognise the vital importance of mindset. Of course, you need the finely-honed skills to excel at your chosen sport but arguably, so does everyone else you’re playing against. Where you might differ with your opponents is the quality of your thinking – the way you are thinking about what you’re thinking about. With utter self-belief, you can shut out the external sources which can, if you let them, have a negative influence. Mindset sets the winners apart from second place.
This is true in both professional and personal terms in our life. It’s our mindset which will define our success – whatever success may mean to you.
Sergio Garcia did not give up. Physically, emotionally and mentally he was set-up to win and has won the right to wear the much-coveted Green Jacket. Think about what your version of the Green Jacket is and work out how you’re going to get it.
“Visualise this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build” Robert Collier
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
Kirsty knows that personal development is a continuous journey and therefore has a genuine desire and enthusiasm to help people realise their full potential, to be a success in their life-whatever that may mean to them.
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