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Extra Points – Conviction

Conviction.

Fathers Day for me is spent watching the final round of United Stated Open golf championship. As an avid golfer, I just love the U.S. Open and my kids love watching with me, and my wife is kind enough to tolerate it. As I was watching another dramatic finish, one of the commentators made a statement as a golfer was attempting an important short putt. He said, “He just needs to hit it with conviction.” The golfer did and the ball disappeared in the hole.

The champion of the tournament, Webb Simpson won because he played the round with the best conviction. Some players faltered down the stretch and allowed Simpson to be victorious by only one stroke. Here are the business and life lessons for you…

First, play life with conviction. Confidence, fearlessness, and passion win out more often than not. Being scared, cautious, and displaying lack of trust in yourself will leave you looking up at the “champion.” Second, you can win by the slimmest of margins and still be a champion. One stroke, a nose, an inch, a millisecond – all those are the margins that mean the difference between life altering success and anonymity. You don’t have to blow away the competition, you merely need to win by a stroke.

Be bold. Play hard. Do your best every day. Have conviction….

This week’s quote –I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him, either.” ~ Arnold Palmer

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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