Feels Like the First Time for Phil Mickelson

July 16, 2011 | 6 Comments »

Phil Mickelson, British Open, positive attitudeI’m not a golf nut, but my boyfriend is – which is why I’m tuned into the British Open this weekend.

Something my sweetie said about Phil Mickelson’s “amnesia” approach to winning a tournament he’s competed in 18 times caught my deliberate creator attention.

Apparently Phil is playing this major tournament with a new approach: as if it were his first time.

Columbia Daily Tribune wrote:

“Mickelson just wants to come into this Open with a clean slate, with no preconceived notions about how to hit the ball, with no memories of all the errant shots he struck in the past.”

That sounds like a guy who’s choosing a more aligned focus to get what he wants!  The deliberate creator in me admires his strategy for leaving behind thoughts of 17 prior failed attempts.  (We know that’s not always easy to do.)

Sports writer Ryan Ballangee called Mickelson the “King of Wishful Thinking” and quoted Mickelson as saying:

“I’m trying to pretend like it’s my first time here,” he said.”  I’m trying not to dwell and don’t want to look back on my past performances that haven’t been what I expected. I’m not trying to fix any past poor play.”

I also liked how often Phil’s “refreshingly optimistic” attitude is referenced as a key to his success.

“There’s nothing more exciting than on Sunday having a chance in a major,” Mickelson said. “I know that I’m not leading, but I’m also right there. To me that is so much fun, and I’m excited. I feel like it’s my first time over here.”

Phil’s focus on enjoying rather than just winning is also a major tenet of successful manifesting:

“If you focus so much on the result, on winning,” he says, “sometimes you can get in your own way.”

That’s a routine many of us deliberate creators know, right?

Kudos to Phil not just for choosing a focus and attitude that makes all the difference for his performance and experience of the game, but for doing it so publicly, too.

He’s an easy guy to root for.  Since I’m gonna be watching anyway.  😉

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6 Responses to “ Feels Like the First Time for Phil Mickelson ”

  1. LOALoveCoach says:

    Hey Jeannette,

    Did you know I taught golf for ten years? I love the article and so right on! Golf has so many metaphors. Like when you are going along the fairway going about your business, and suddenly a SHANK throws you right into a hazard.

    Then, of course the harder you try to get out of the hazard, the worse it gets. If you relax and swing easy, the ball pops right out.

    Me personally, I love seeing them have the weather challenges!

    Cheers!
    Catherine

  2. I didn’t know you TAUGHT golf, too, Catherine! A woman of many talents!

    And yes, you are so right about how many life lessons and metaphors there are from that game.

    If you’ve written on that before, I’d love a link or two!

  3. Parul Bhargava says:

    What a cool tip!! I think, there’s something in this for me. If he can do after 17 times, I should be able to do after 3!!!

  4. That’s what I was thinking, Parul. (If he can do it, I can do it!)

    It’s an inspiring example, huh?

    Glad you found something in this one for yourself. Thanks for reading and for posting.
    🙂

  5. Julie B says:

    Love this! Phil really has a grip (ha ha, no pun) on ALLOWING. Not getting in his own way of allowing THIS MOMENT to align … great post Jeannette! Thanks!
    Julie

  6. Agreed, Julie . In fact, I was thinking it’d be interesting to see how this turns out for Phil, but the truth is felt like he was already a winner when he’s focused on enjoying the game rather than depending on results for enjoyment.

    Thanks for chiming in here, Julie. 🙂

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