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Lessons from Arnold Palmer – Practice Mental Toughness

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later the one who wins,
Is the one who thinks they can.

Harvey Mackay once shared a story in his article, “Your Mind Is What Really Matters” about seeing part of this poem by C.W. Longenecker hanging in the late Arnold Palmer’s office.  It is a poem about mental toughness.  Arnold Palmer once shared a quote from his father, “Remember, whatever game you play, 90 percent of success is from the shoulders up.”

Dr. Rob Bell, a certified sports psychology consultant and the author of the book: Mental Toughness Training for Golf, shares that “all of us are preparing for the one moment, one event, one play, or even one person that will make all the difference in our lives. Mental toughness connects who we are with who we become. Since we can’t predict the future, mental toughness is being prepared for the unpredictable.”

Dr. Bell shares his own story of meeting Arnold Palmer on Celebrity Pro-Am Day of the Wells Fargo Championship one year at Quail Hollow.  They were both on the practice green and Dr. Bell walked by Palmer, said “hello,” and Palmer nodded.

Only after Palmer went to the first tee did Dr. Bell realize his mistake. He never shook his hand! It was likely his only opportunity to ever shake the hand of the golfing great and he missed it. He was not ready, and the moment slipped away.

In business, being prepared for the unpredictable creates greater success.  Mental toughness ensures we are taking advantage of those everyday moments.  Only then can we be ready for any opportunity that arises.

At Greene Resources, we do not want to miss the opportunity to shake your hand in hopes of becoming your recruiting partner and helping YOU be prepared for the unpredictable.  Our vision is to connect people and companies in such a way that jobs become purposeful, impactful, and long-term careers. It’s not about filling a job opening.  It’s about finding the one person, that one mentally tough person, who will make a lasting impact on your company’s team and culture as well as feel accomplished through their work.

We want to make a difference in your company, and we think we can.

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