On April 14, 2009, Tiger Woods, at the age of 43 did something so amazing and once again making history. He won the Masters not for the first time but for the fifth time, 11 years in the making since his last major and 14 years since he won the Masters. I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of golf, but felt so compelled to write this week’s blog in a tribute to Tiger Woods and all those other amazing people who have gone through personal trials but through patience and perseverance find their way to win.
Tiger was my daughter’s childhood hero, he was one of the reasons she picked up a club at the age of 5. She admired him and wanted to be like him. Today watching his patience and perseverance to prove not only to himself that he could do this, but to show his children that with hard work, patience and perseverance you can overcome anything and achieve whatever you want. Unlike Tiger our lives are not under public scrutiny for everyone to see our wins and losses. When asked how did this win make him feel having his children there to witness it. He said “for them to see what it’s like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that’s something they will never forget,”
It made me think about my clients who like Tiger have been going through personal and painful issues that can hold them back from being the person they want to be for themselves and for their children. Believing and loving yourself is one of the best ways you can teach your children that even through the roughest times in our lives, we can make decisions that make us winners in our lives and in the lives of our children. Our children want us to be happy, and when we choose to be happy, our children will thrive right alongside us. My wish for my clients is that they will be like Tiger, through hard work, patience and perseverance to fight for happiness for themselves and for their children.