Chasing Your Own Dream

By David BreslowNovember 19, 2003, 5:00 pm
Everyone has a dream of some kind whether its spoken or not. As a golfer you have your own dream in mind. Whether its breaking 100, breaking 80, winning your club championship, making the high school team or earning your PGA tour card and playing with the best players in the worlda dream is a dream.
 
Mike Weir wanted to win the Masters. Wayne Gretzky wanted to win Stanley Cups. Tiger Woods wanted to be the best player in the world.
 
There are many dreams, some fulfilled and some not. There are terrific athletes who do not achieve their ultimate dreams. The NHL has fantastic players whove never won a Stanley Cup. The NFL has great players whove never been to a Super Bowl. The PGA and LPGA are made up of fantastic golfers whove either never won a tour event or never won a Major (i.e. Phil Mickelson). Does this mean they arent great performers? No. Not every dream will be realized.
 
People go about chasing their dreams in a number of wayssometimes actually going in circles like the dog chasing his or her tail because it can see it out of the corner of his or her eye! Dont spin yourself in circles.
 
Here are 8 guidelines to consider when chasing your own dream.
 
1. Make sure the dream is yours!
 
Make sure the dream is really yours and not someone elses hope for you. It needs to be something that drives you from within you otherwise it may be much harder to reach or less satisfying when you do reach it. Want it because it means something to you.
 
2. Know that it is ok to chase your dream!
 
This may sound simple but many people have reservations about chasing their own dreams. You have the right and the obligation to do so! You DONT have the right to cheat yourself from following your dream and expressing your talents along the way. You deserve it and everyone else deserves to see it! Dont stall your way to your dream; charge forward toward it.
 
3. Know that the chase is really your own journey
 
In running for your dream, it is important that the journey is more important than the end dream itself. Keep the dream in mind but focus on the day-to-day journey. Who you become on the journey is more important than the end of the journey itself. You may become stronger, more aware, more persistent, courageous, tolerant and accepting of yourself and others. Who you become on the way is what is most important. Some will and some will not reach the ultimate dream but the honor, integrity and ethic of chasing it will last a lifetime.
 
4. Expect challenges on the journey
 
Each journey has its own unique set of challenges, setbacks and failures. One is never failing if they at least making the effort. Its the truest indication that you are moving toward something. Your setbacks are always guideposts to step back and evaluate where you are what needs to be done. They are natural and expected events on the way. Dont be surprised, welcome them and use them!
 
5. Enjoy the chase!
 
Enjoyment is a pre-requisite of the chase. If you are struggling and fighting along the way, you have made reaching the dream more important than the journey itself. Trust that your efforts, along with those who share your dream will propel your forward. Put yourself in the best position to succeed. Set up your environment, bring people around you who will inspire you and propel you forward.
 
6. Dont compare yourself to others
 
This is difficult for many people to do. Its too easy to slip into the trap of comparison to others chasing the same or similar dream. Your dream is yours. Where others are on their dream chase has nothing to do with you. The more you compare to others, the more distance you put between you and your dream.
 
7. Feel your dream
 
Get connected to the feelings your dream creates within you. Is it excitement, the feeling of accomplishment, overcoming, courage, persistence, etc.? Each dream means something because of how it makes us feel. This is why we chase it in the first place. Its not for the trophy or the money; its for how it makes us feel when accomplishing it. Identify what that is and look at it daily.
 
8. Monitor and Track your own progress
 
It is important to monitor, track and evaluate where you are every day. The Wired To Win program uses 9 Habits of Success and evaluating yourself on your daily habits and outcomes keeps you closer to the path taking you towards your dream. It acts as a guide and template for your success.
 
Enjoy the journey!
 
Copyright 2004 David Breslow. David is the author of Wired To Win and offers a highly acclaimed Perform In The FlowZone' program for sports and business. David has appeared on The Golf Channel, ESPN radio, etc. For more programs/services/products or sign up for a free newsletter (write newsletter in subject box). Also, review the new series of Performance Training Manuals available online! Contact: David Breslow at 847.681.1698 Email: David@theflowzone.net or visit the web: www.theflowzone.net For book orders call toll free: 1.888.280.7715
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McIlroy gets back on track

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 21, 2018, 3:10 pm

There’s only one way to view Rory McIlroy’s performance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

He is well ahead of schedule.

Sure, McIlroy is probably disappointed that he couldn’t chase down Ross Fisher (and then Tommy Fleetwood) on the final day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. But against a recent backdrop of injuries and apathy, his tie for third was a resounding success. He reasserted himself, quickly, and emerged 100 percent healthy.

“Overall, I’m happy,” he said after finishing at 18-under 270, four back of Fleetwood. “I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience and comfort level were really good all week.”

To fully appreciate McIlroy’s auspicious 2018 debut, consider his state of disarray just four months ago. He was newly married. Nursing a rib injury. Breaking in new equipment. Testing another caddie. His only constant was change. “Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place,” he said, “and that was because of where I was physically.”

And so he hit the reset button, taking the longest sabbatical of his career, a three-and-a-half-month break that was as much psychological as physical. He healed his body and met with a dietician, packing five pounds of muscle onto his already cut frame. He dialed in his TaylorMade equipment, shoring up a putting stroke and wedge game that was shockingly poor for a player of his caliber. Perhaps most importantly, he cleared his cluttered mind, cruising around Italy with wife Erica in a 1950s Mercedes convertible.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


After an intense buildup to his season debut, McIlroy was curious about the true state of his game, about how he’d stack up when he finally put a scorecard in his hand. It didn’t take him long to find out. 

Playing the first two rounds alongside Dustin Johnson – the undisputed world No. 1 who was fresh off a blowout victory at Kapalua – McIlroy beat him by a shot. Despite a 103-day competitive layoff, he played bogey-free for 52 holes. And he put himself in position to win, trailing by one heading into the final round. Though Fleetwood blew away the field with a back-nine 30 to defend his title, McIlroy collected his eighth top-5 in his last nine appearances in Abu Dhabi.

“I know it’s only three months,” he said, “but things change, and I felt like maybe I needed a couple of weeks to get back into the thought process that you need to get into for competitive golf. I got into that pretty quickly this week, so that was the most pleasing thing.”

The sense of relief afterward was palpable. McIlroy is entering his 11th full year as a pro, and deep down he likely realizes 2018 is shaping up as his most important yet.

The former Boy Wonder is all grown up, and his main challengers now are a freakish athlete (DJ) and a trio of players under 25 (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm) who don’t lack for motivation or confidence. The landscape has changed significantly since McIlroy’s last major victory, in August 2014, and the only way he’ll be able to return to world No. 1 is to produce a sustained period of exceptional golf, like the rest of the game’s elite. (Based on average points, McIlroy, now ranked 11th, is closer to the bottom of the rankings, No. 1928, than to Johnson.)

But after years of near-constant turmoil, McIlroy, 28, finally seems ready to pursue that goal again. He is planning the heaviest workload of his career – as many as 30 events, including seven more starts before the Masters – and appears refreshed and reenergized, perhaps because this year, for the first time in a while, he is playing without distractions.

Not his relationships or his health. Not his equipment or his caddie or his off-course dealings.

Everything in his life is lined up.

Drama tends to follow one of the sport’s most captivating characters, but for now he can just play golf – lots and lots of golf. How liberating.

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Crocker among quartet of Open qualifiers in Singapore

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

Former amateur standout Sean Crocker was among four players who qualified for the 147th Open via top-12 finishes this week at the Asian Tour's SMBC Singapore Open as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

Crocker had a strong college career at USC before turning pro late last year. The 21-year-old received an invitation into this event shortly thereafter, and he made the most of his appearance with a T-6 finish to net his first career major championship berth.

There were four spots available to those not otherwise exempt among the top 12 in Singapore, but winner Sergio Garcia and runners-up Shaun Norris and Satoshi Kodaira had already booked their tickets for Carnoustie. That meant that Thailand's Danthai Boonma and Jazz Janewattanond both qualified thanks to T-4 finishes.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


Crocker nabbed the third available qualifying spot, while the final berth went to Australia's Lucas Herbert. Herbert entered the week ranked No. 274 in the world and was the highest-ranked of the three otherwise unqualified players who ended the week in a tie for eighth.

The next event in the Open Qualifying Series will be in Japan at the Mizuno Open in May, when four more spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs. The 147th Open will be held July 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.

Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.

It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.

While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.

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McIlroy (T-3) notches another Abu Dhabi close call

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:08 pm

Rory McIlroy's trend of doing everything but hoist the trophy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is alive and well.

Making his first start since early October, McIlroy showed few signs of rust en route to a tie for third. Amid gusty winds, he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the week at 18 under, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood who rallied to win this event for the second consecutive year.

The result continues a remarkable trend for the Ulsterman, who has now finished third or better seven of the last eight years in Abu Dhabi - all while never winning the tournament. That stretch includes four runner-up finishes and now two straight T-3 results.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy is entering off a disappointing 2017 in which he was injured in his first start and missed two chunks of time while trying to regain his health. He has laid out an ambitious early-season schedule, one that will include a trip to Dubai next week and eight worldwide tournament starts before he heads to the Masters.

McIlroy started the final round one shot off the lead, and he remained in contention after two birdies over his first four holes. But a bogey on No. 6 slowed his momentum, and McIlroy wasn't able to make a back-nine birdie until the closing hole, at which point the title was out of reach.