MentalRule: Winners imitate winners.
by Dr. Gregg Steinberg
"Study the actions of illustrious men to see how they have borne themselves, examine the causes of their victories and defeats, so as to imitate the former and avoid the latter" Machiavelli
Let's see how good you are at golf trivia. Who won the 1986 Masters?
Okay that one was easy. Try this one "Who was paired with Jack on Sunday?
It was Sandy Lyle. And do you know what happened to Sandy in 1988?
He won the Masters Now try your talent at golf history one more time. Who won the 1978 Masters? This one is a little tougher, but many golf trivia buffs would have gotten this one as well.
It was Gary Player. Here is the harder one. Who was paired with Gary in the last round? Here is your hint: It was a young Spaniard.
Yes, Seve Ballesteros had the fortune of watching Gary Player birdie the last 7 out of 10 holes to win. In the following year, Seve won his first major, the British Open, and in 1980, he won his first Masters.
Although Seve and Sandy may have lost in the short term on those Sundays in 1978 and 1986 respectively, they learned a more valuable lesson. They both were fortunate enough to watch and learn how two all-time greats handle the intense pressure of the back nine at Augusta National.. And they both learned their lessons very well.
While you may never play the final round at the Masters with the eventual winner, many golfers compete in tournaments and will have the opportunity to play with excellent players in those situations. Or, you may be lucky enough to play with your club champion during a competitive Saturday game. When these situations occur, observe these experts very closely. Watch their mannerisms and see how your patterns of behavior may be different from theirs. Most likely, you will notice that the excellent player remains focused and calm during the intense pressure. They also will keep to their routine regardless of the situation.
Do more than just observe. Once you have learned some important behaviors, pattern your actions after them. Winners imitate winners.
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