If you didn’t witness, I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now.
On Sunday, Phil Mickelson became – at 50 years, 11 months old – the oldest man to win a PGA Major tournament. It was awe-inspiring.
“This is just an incredible feeling,” he said afterward. “I just believed that it was possible.”
He just believed.
He just believed that despite his age, despite his lack of recent success, despite the fact it had never been done.
He just believed that it was possible.
He also worked hard: practiced, changed his diet, his habits. He loves the game of golf. He plays all the time.
But what he’s been working on lately has been his mental game, his ability to maintain his focus.
This feat follows not too long after Tom Brady at the age of 43 won his seventh Super Bowl.
Now, I know that Phil Mickelson is much more popular than Tom Brady, and Tom is playing a team sport, but Tom also just believes.
The two men share that. They believe in themselves beyond any rational measure.
I’m not sure that I believe in myself that much. Do you?
I want to. I try to. It’s hard.
But I know it works. I’ve done it.
When I was a kid, I was a competitive swimmer. My mother always used to say that I would decide before a race even started where I would finish, and that’s where I ended up.
On some days, I would decide that I would win. One week, I decided that I was going to beat another girl whose time was over 3 seconds faster than mine … in a race that was less than a minute and a half long. It seemed like a pretty impossible feat. Even my mother laughed.
I believed I could do it, I mean, really believed.
I did it. In fact, I beat my best time by over 5 seconds. My coach was dumbfounded.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t turn that belief on and off at will. Some swim meets, I did. Others, okay most others, I just psyched myself out. The mind is a powerful thing.
As an adult, I’ve gotten better at believing, at turning my determination, my hard work into accomplishing what I want to. But I don’t always do it. I often let the doubts creep in, overwhelm, and cause me to stop.
It’s not that Phil Mickelson didn’t have doubts. He admitted that he did. He admitted that the lack of success, the failure after failure to make the cut or place in the top 20, created doubts.
But he didn’t let the doubts win.
What could you accomplish if you really believed as Phil did? What could I?
Phil Mickelson’s accomplishment is inspiring. It shows us, again, that the seemingly impossible isn’t always impossible.
No, Phil isn’t feeding the hungry or inventing some amazing technology to save the world, he’s playing golf. Okay, yeah, he’s just playing golf, but he’s using his talents, his interests, his gifts to their maximum potential. He’s overcoming incredible odds, including battling rheumatoid arthritis, to continue to demonstrate his leadership, his commitment to entertain and inspire us long after most people would have given up.
He’s leading by example.
He’s showing us all what’s possible for us too … if we put in the hard work, have the dedication, improve our focus, and BELIEVE.
This is a lesson that I constantly need to learn and relearn. How about you?
What are you putting off by letting the doubts overcome your belief? What more could you accomplish if you really believed in yourself?
I know there is more that I could do. And yes, one of those things is finishing the sequel to Ascending Ladders.
Are you ready to start believing – or restart? I am. How about we head down that path of BELIEF today?
With love and light,
P.S. – If you want to talk about what keeps you from believing, schedule a call here. I’d love to chat with you.