What Makes Tiger Tick?
What Golf Superstar Tiger Woods Can Teach Sales Professionals About Winning
by Bill Cole MS, MA
Is Tiger Woods the greatest golfer who ever lived?
Tiger Sets Very High Personal Standards And Holds Himself Accountable.
Many tour pros set goals of trying to win a certain number of events per year. Some set a goal of winning a particular event. Tiger sets a goal of trying to win every event he enters. He truly believes he has a chance to win each time he steps out to play. When he falls short of a personal goal or objective, Tiger blames no one or anything other than himself. He takes full responsibility for his successes or failures.
Tiger's Major Mental Tool Is His Unrelenting Mental Discipline.
Tiger knows how to focus his mind on command. He does this in practice and that here-and-now skill carries over to competition. He intuitively sees how demanding a continually sharp focus relates directly to performance. He maintains personal rituals before playing and practicing, and before each shot he takes. He uses these routines as triggers to explode his energies and focus onto what he is about to do.
Tiger Builds His Confidence By Endless And Intense Practice.
Tiger knows that practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Tiger uses the "over-kill method" when practicing. He repeats perfect swings until he burns them into his mind and body. Then, even under the most intense tournament pressure, those swings hold up. That's how confidence is built, one practice swing at a time.
Tiger Does NOT Keep His Eye On The Goal. Instead, He Focuses On The Process.
It is a myth that, in a competition, great athletes focus on the goal of winning. To be sure, winning is a goal, but it is a given. What excellent performers focus on is process. Tiger is superb at keeping his mind in the here and now. As he does that, with his well-honed practice habits underneath everything, he allows the golf process to unfold in the moment.
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