“Your talent will not be lifted to the highest level unless you have belief.” - Leadership guru & bestselling author, John C. Maxwell
On behalf of the Brad Brewer Golf Academy in sunny Orlando, we trust you had a very happy holiday celebration, enjoying family and friends with good cheer and loving vibrations.
No matter what your religion, December is the season to celebrate belief. It is also a fabulous time to reflect upon the previous 11 months and all that was accomplished, and to begin thinking about the possibilities in 2014.
As a teacher and coach, I like to embrace this time of year to help my clients focus on goal setting and defining or reigniting their “why”. A “why” inspires action necessary to move closer to a desired goal. A “why” is what makes us dig deep when we feel like swapping time in the gym for a big mac and fries.
This is also when I evaluate my performance and identify areas of needed improvement and then jump on it, such as reading Jack Canfield’s book, Coaching for Breakthrough Success.
So what is the missing ingredient for goal attainment? Belief. The quote from John C. Maxwell of which I began this blog pretty much sums it up: “Belief lifts your talent. Your talent will not be lifted to the highest level unless you also have belief.”
In Chapter 22 of Mentored by the King, I share a story about the power of belief, as my mentor Arnold Palmer schooled me on this subject and I shared how I applied his wisdom with a PGA Tour client who at the time was struggling to make a cut. With renewed belief he had a break-through season on the tour because the path to success is possible when talent is driven by a strong belief.
This is how I plan to help my clients to “bullet proof” their own belief:
1. Greatness is the new norm. Increase your belief by filling your mind with inspirational stories of the underdog who believed when nobody else would. There are hundreds if not thousands of movies, books and stories to digest and resonate with. Decide that you are going to be the next inspirational story.
2. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams and goals and genuinely support your commitment to greatness. Eliminate those who just don’t get it. You have the choice to outgrow them or allow them to pull you down. Your responsibility is to you and what you give energy to will grow. You will attract new people, those inspired by your commitment to excellence. The better you are, the better you can be to those you love.
3. Affirm your belief every day, “If it’s going to be it’s up to me”, and as Bob Proctor taught me, several times per day. Belief tools such as vision boards, worthy ideal cards and goals listed on your bathroom mirror are powerful. These tools shape your daily habits by aligning your desire with your belief.
4. Believe in your Path. What slows down our road to greatness is focusing too much on where we presently are instead of on our daily activity. The willingness to put it on the line, to struggle, is like rocket fuel for your journey to the top. One hour of struggle in competition is worth twenty hours of practice. The path to our goal is never a straight line but rather requires tracking back on course through current assessment and constant vision of the destination just like a rocket to the moon that is off course 97% of the time. A power thought for me is “SUCCESS is often buried under FRUSTRATION”. Keep believing that the GPS of the right path is guided by the vision of your worthy ideal. We don’t need to know all the steps necessary before we embark. It’s a progressive realization of your worthy ideal.
5. Believe in a power greater than yourself. It doesn’t matter what your choice of worship, successful people tap into the universal power through an attitude of gratitude. You are the creator of your own reality!
Each month in the new year, the DailyBrew Blog will be sharing stories from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Secrets for Golf, Business and Life. Each chosen story is an inspirational message that when practiced like a pro, will allow a positive vibration and your greatest golf!
Until next time, happy holidays and happy golfing,
A Top 100 Teacher by Golf Magazine and PGA class-A Professional, Brad successfully competed on the Austral-Asian PGA Tour and Hogan/Nike Tours, developed the training curriculum for high-performance juniors at Saddlebrooke Preparatory and applies these experiences to his teaching and coaching at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Brad was awarded the North Florida PGA Teacher of the Year and Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Edwin Watts Golf Top Instructor Award, along with the honor of Top 50 Instructor in Florida by Golf Digest.