As long as you are willing to keep your eye on your dream no matter how long it takes! My latest blog is dedicated to Anne Van Dam who had her breakthrough victory on the Ladies European Tour!
Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands, outlasted local star Yuting Shi in a riveting final round duel to earn Anne her first Ladies European Tour title at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China.
Van Dam, finished 17 under par after firing rounds of 70, 66, 67 and 68, one strike ahead of Shi at Orient Golf Club.
The journey to the winner’s circle logged many hours on the links and in the air for this 21 year old from Arnhem. Anne and her family began making annual visits to the Brad Brewer Golf Academy when she was 12 years old. Her father, Roelof, an airline pilot with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, would bring his daughter for training when a scheduled flight to Orlando coincided with a school break. Anne was a gifted athlete and a good young player with excellent coaching back home. I helped them with key areas of focus to support her amazing natural talent. Our concentration was on sound fundamentals and how to practice like a pro.
Shortly after Ann’s breakthrough win, a client and friend, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot, was in Orlando to deliver a keynote speech, based on her bestseller, Zero to Breakthrough: The 7 Step Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter.
I asked FlyGirl to share her wisdom on creating her breakthrough victories:
“Who Needs a Runway? Take Off from Where You Are! The bottom line is that we have to move into action from where we are! Unfortunately, many people become paralyzed in the preparation phase. Decide what you want, put your stake in the ground and execute! Commit to the commitment!”
This past April after a 4-hour training session, I had no doubt Anne would accomplish whatever she set out to do. Her combination of self-confidence and enthusiastic determination to do better allowed her to whole-heartedly embrace the player development process, committing to the work necessary to achieve success. Approaching the final 18th hole tied for the lead, Anne said she credits her patience after a bogey on #6 due to a disappointing putt. Her focus turned to holing every approach shot allowing her to par every hole thereafter.
How might you learn from Anne’s approach to create your next Breakthrough?
- Look at the challenges of game improvement as a rewarding journey.
- Seek out a team of experts to help you map out your plan of work based upon goals that incent you. The best teachers/coaches support the natural ability of a player and simplify the complex by instilling sound fundamentals combined with how to practice with purpose and measurable outcomes.
- Define what works best for you and own it. Your swing and approach to playing must allow you to grow confidently each and every day.
- Learn to trust your intuition and play with confidence. Intuition is listening to your inner voice and playing from a (right brain) subconscious manner versus over thinking that leads to second guessing and self-doubt.
Arnold Palmer said it best, “Confidence is the combination of focus and hunger.” Anne’s confidence was fed by her desire to play to her potential. How hungry are you?