Feels Like the First Time for Phil Mickelson
I’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.”
“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. 😉