Sticking With The Strategy: Tiger Woods -v- Phil Mickelson

Jul 27, 2006

There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about the relative brilliance of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. After his Masters victory a couple of months ago, it was suggested by a number of sports pundits that Phil was about to eclipse Tiger as the best player in the world.

Two lessons in Predictable Success® changed all that

There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about the relative brilliance of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. After his Masters victory a couple of months ago, it was suggested by a number of sports pundits that Phil was about to eclipse Tiger as the best player in the world.

Two lessons in Predictable Success® changed all that.

First, Phil’s meltdown on the final hole of the US Open, compared to tiger’s relentless, almost flawless performance on the final day at the British Open, spotlighted one of the biggest temptations on the road to Predictable Success®:

Restraining the desire to swing for the fences, rather than patiently sticking with a successful strategy.

Phil couldn’t restrain his self-belief in ‘finishing big’, and as a result, finished second. Tiger plowed on with a ‘safety-first’ strategy, hitting 2-irons or 3-woods off the tee, and kept his driver tucked away where it could do no harm.

Entrepreneurial founder / owners are frequently tempted to ‘blast for the fences’, to go for the big splash – its part of the make-up of anyone who has successfully built a business in the face of great odds and constant pressures.

The entrepreneur that transitions to Predictable Success® is the one that learns when to control that urge – when to keep the driver in the bag.