Focus Like Tiger
Strategies to Help You Win on and off the Course
By Randy Friedman
Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers on the PGA Tour
today and possibly in the history of the game. Whether he’s
competing on the golf course or running one of his many businesses,
Tiger has learned to use the power of extreme focus and mind power
in everything he does.
As the crowds gather around him on 18th green, Tiger’s
determination and focus are obvious as he lines up his putt on the
closing round of golf Sunday. He doesn't bother to notice that his
opponent is watching him like a hawk and the growing crowd is
holding their collected breath in anticipation. He moves forward
with purpose, lines up and sinks the 25-foot putt ... what seems
like magic to most of us, is expected by him. If only the same kind
of determination and focus could be learned and applied to life.
Think of how many business deals would end successfully. How many
more sales would you close? How many more relationships would you
build? How many challenges would you be able to overcome? Well,
maybe there is a way
The following tips will not only help you sharpen your mental
edge, but also help you cope with the challenges of work and
everyday life. Here are a few strategies to help unleash the “Tiger”
in you, on and off the golf course.
When you find
yourself in a challenging situation, whether it’s dealing with an
unhappy client on the phone or feeling overwhelmed by a bad tee
shot, this exercise will help you stay grounded and positive.
You can do this
exercise either seated or standing.
of someone, something or someplace you love.
Experience the joy that accompanies thinking about that person,
thing or place.
your eyes. (Yes, you can do this at your desk! It only takes a
your mouth closed, take a deep breath in through your nose. As you
inhale, feel the breath extending down all the way to the base of
Picture the person, thing or place. Keeping your mouth closed,
release the breath slowly through your nose.
Repeat this exercise three times.
exercise will help you think and see more clearly, while increasing
the positive feelings to help move you through your day with ease.
You can even make this a habit! Practice it whenever you feel
stressed or overwhelmed.
Tiger Woods refocus after he hits the ball in the water, regain his
focus after a camera goes off in the middle of his backswing, and
maintain his laser-like focus to hit amazing shot after shot? He
uses his breathing to ground him, his internal words to relax him
and visualization of what he wants to happen. When you are feeling
stressed or overwhelmed at work, or even outside of the office, you
can do the following exercise to help you improve your “in-sight.”
Give yourself a
30-second timeout. Just sit down and stop everything else.
Take three deep
breaths – in and out through your nose.
On a piece of
paper, write down what you don’t like or don’t want to continue
Now turn the
paper over and write the outcome of what you do want.
deeply and sit in silence with your eyes closed picturing your
outcome as if it already happened.
Become aware of the things that are out of focus around you,
and you will help bring your vision into focus.
Affirmations for a
Affirmations are a
great way to improve your thoughts and become more aware of what you
want to accomplish, on and off of the golf course. They are even
more useful when they are repeated often. Here is a list of ten
positive affirmations. Use this list or let them inspire you to
write your own!
I have the
ability to perform my work perfectly.
I enjoy being
healthy in body and mind.
I love to feel
happy in everything I do.
I am in charge
of my life.
I am now open
and receptive to all ideas.
definite, deliberate prosperous thoughts.
I give thanks
for the realization of my desires and goals.
My goals come
forth with perfect timing for me.
I have faith in
myself and the people around me.
create positive, creative thoughts and actions to improve my
Optional tip: Mind power nap. Do you ever feel like tuning out the
world for ten minutes? You’ve got deadlines to meet, board meetings
to prepare for and a headache that won’t go away. If you have a
private office, or if you work from home, this exercise might be
just right for you (but not at the risk of your job). A ten-minute
power nap is the perfect antidote for a stressful day. Here’s how to
Set your watch
or a ten-minute timer, so you wake up from the blissful state.
Write down some
beautiful places you’ve visited or seen pictures of.
something you’d like to accomplish that day or that week.
Put on some
eyes, take three deep breaths and let your mind wonder to that
beautiful place in your mind.
When you awaken, you’ll be refreshed, revitalized and ready
to take on the rest of your day with complete energy.
These simple tips and strategies help drive the best athletes
in the world to compete at the highest level. The successful ones
know how to turn negative thoughts into positive empowering ones.
Now you have the know-how as well. Thoughts like, "I'll never get
this project done by the deadline! I might as well give up now!"
become, “I have everything I need to get this project done on time.
I look forward to the challenge!”
You have the power inside of you to make things happen and improve
your mental edge in your business and your life. Awaken the “Tiger”
in you and watch your success grow!
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