4 Ways Tiger Woods Teaches Us to Overcome Adversity

"I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant"-Tiger Woods

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Tiger wood’s recent comeback is one of the greatest stories in sports today, and who can argue otherwise when, after a turbulent couple of years he went on to win the 2019 Masters. His victory was one of hard work, persistence, and determination. It is proof that when you fall, you can rise back up.  Here was a man who experienced a public marital cheating scandal and undertook four back surgeries. He was crushed physically, broken mentally and considered too old to make a meaning out of Golf ever again, but here we are, celebrating his rise back to the league of Champions!

His win has been somewhat emotional for me. It’s has reminded me of all the setbacks I have experienced, and has spurred me to keep going.  Almost everyone has had a Tiger woods story; everything seeming okay at one point, until you fall and cannot seem to find the drive to rise back up. What truly differentiates champions like woods is the uncanning resolve to never take “No” for an answer, and to keep trying despite how bad things appear. Here are few lessons that the Tiger woods Victory teaches.

Embrace your setbacks and let it drive you

Embrace your setbacks and use them as a motivation for achieving your goals. Tiger woods initially hadn’t embraced his setbacks. After the public display of his marital woes, he seemed to have lost the light that drove him to victory. Fans could actually see it when he walked through the golf gallery that his eyes never wanted to meet those of his Fans. He felt ashamed and it affected his psychologically, and it translated to his performance in the game. It is important that we mourn our setbacks briefly, but never let setbacks keep us down.

Understand that the Bigger the Setback the Bigger the comeback

The Bigger the setback the bigger the comeback will be. The pain and burden of Setbacks can be overwhelming, but you should always choose to see your setbacks as an opportunity to do a big rebound. Tiger woods setback at some point, seemed to be the most tragic story in sports but through persistence and determination, he was able to turn it around to become the biggest comeback in sports.

Be persistent

Tiger woods committed to months of physical therapy and hours of practice got him into shape for his return to golf. His wins teach us to be persistent and work harder to achieve our goals.

Life is a journey, Learn from it

Lastly, life is a journey. We make mistakes & wrong decisions, but true champions must learn from the past and try never to make the same mistakes again. By choosing to see life as a journey, you are able to take life’s hiccups as it comes and use its lessons as a guide for the future.

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