In the summer of 2012 a young Australian golfer walked off the 18th green of the final round of the British Open. He’d just bogeyed the last four holes of the event to give Ernie Els the victory with a mere one-shot lead. Some said he threw it away. Others said it was the curse of Greg Norman. If any of the last four holes had gone differently, he might have won.
That man’s name was Adam Scott. He lost the British Open, but did so with dignity and grace. Afterwards, while being interviewed by reporters, he promised to finish stronger if given another chance. He said, “Next time- and I’m sure there will be a next time- I can do a better job of it.”
He meant those words. He believed them wholeheartedly. He did not let the setback of the loss at the British Open stand in the way of his future successes. He did that by ridding those memories powerless by saying that he would do better next time.
And for those of you that follow golf, you know that “the next time” has very much arrived for Adam Scott.
This past weekend, at one of the most challenging and revered golf tournaments in the world, The Masters at Augusta, Adam Scott put his belief into action.
Amidst significant drama in the field- like the penalty given to 14-year-old Guan Tianlang (that nearly kept him from making the cut and setting a record) and the penalty and following controversy of the illegal drop made by Tiger Woods- Adam Scott played his game.
After the first hole in the final round, Scott never made another bogey. His two last putts of the day were works of art- one of them being over 20 feet long for birdie.
And when the crowd erupted with his victory, making him the first Aussie to ever win the Masters Tournament, Adam Scott showed that he was just as gracious in victory as he’d been in defeat. He and his opponent, Angel Cabrera, walked off the final green with their arms around each other.
Monday Morning Perspective
“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Adam Scott certainly showed what self-belief can accomplish, and I’m certain his country will be welcoming him home as the hero he is. But his victory is so much more than a green jacket. He made a promise to himself and kept it. I can’t wait to see what else he plans to accomplish!
So why do we let one loss or defeat become a permanent mark for us? Why not think like Adam Scott, that when given another opportunity we’ll make the best of it using all that we’ve learned from our previous experiences- both good and bad?
Having belief in one’s self is the most critical success factor. You have to believe that you can accomplish what’s set before you. You must know that you are called to a higher purpose, perfected by your experiences, and shaped by your beliefs. Others might be able to encourage you to begin a journey, but only you have the ability to make sure that you finish the race set before you. Don’t you want to finish well?
Self-belief is the root of confidence. Confidence is the outward expression that the rest of the world gets to see. You might be able to fake confidence, but that won’t secure your success. Success comes to those who walk confidently into the world knowing that their dreams are within reach.
As they say, the first sale is always to yourself!
Have a wonderful week!