At the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods earned his 79th PGA Tour win. His lady love, Lindsey Vonn, enthusiastically recognized his feat tweeting, “So proud!!!! #79 #GOAT.” Personally, I thought it was a bizarre pet name for Tiger until I found out that GOAT stands for “Greatest Of All Time.” While Lindsey may believe in her GOAT, he is still four wins short of Sam Snead, who holds the PGA Tour record with 82 wins.
So proud!!!! #79 #GOAT
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) August 4, 2013
Obviously, Lindsey and Tiger know what it takes to be great at their respective careers. However, what’s truly commendable is their ability to be great as a couple. We can all learn from a duo that has seen their share of professional, as well as personal, highs and lows.
Here are some guiding principles to achieve Tiger and Lindsey’s GOAT status:
GRATITUDE – Be thankful for the support of others. After his most recent win, Tiger tweeted, “Sharing this win with my son Charlie will be something I’ll never forget. Thanks for all the support Akron.” His heartfelt post reminds us all that the sweet taste of victory is incomplete without someone special to share it with.
Sharing this win with my son Charlie will be something I’ll never forget. Thanks for all the support… http://t.co/T2jvilPvAv
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 5, 2013
OPTIMISM – The power of positivity should never be underestimated. Lindsey, coming off a bad skiing injury, has been preparing for a comeback of her own. The aspiring GOAT skier has the Facebook photos to prove she’s been hitting the gym for rigorous workouts, and she even includes inspirational tag lines such as: “Work hard every day #IWill #sochi2014 #nosweatnoglory.” There’s nothing like a solid hashtag to motivate and convey one’s positive mindset. Lindsey also showed her determination and effective use of exclamation points as she proudly proclaimed, “Making progress!!!”
ASPIRATION – Doing whatever it takes. Whether it be training, coaching or practicing, figuring out your personal path toward success is key. Both Lindsey and Tiger know that in order to be the best, they need to constantly be working hard and maintaining focus. One look at “Tiger’s Daily Routine,” as seen on his website, and you realize the guy accomplishes more before noon than most can in a week!
Tiger’s Daily Routine:
6:30 a.m. – One hour of cardio. Choice between endurance runs, sprints or biking.
7:30 a.m. – One hour of lower weight training. 60-70 percent of normal lifting weight, high reps and multiple sets.
8:30 a.m. – High protein/low-fat breakfast. Typically includes egg-white omelet with vegetables.
9:00 a.m. – Two hours on the golf course. Hit on the range and work on swing.
11:00 a.m. – Practice putting for 30 minutes to an hour.
Noon – Play nine holes.
1:30 p.m. – High protein/low-fat lunch. Typically includes grilled chicken or fish, salad and vegetables.
2:00 p.m. – Three-to-four hours on the golf course. Work on swing, short game and occasionally play another nine holes.
6:30 p.m. – 30 minutes of upper weight training. High reps.
7:00 p.m. – Dinner and rest.
TENACITY – Anything worth doing takes persistence, perseverance and unyielding determination. Tenacity is a quality demonstrated by someone who just won’t quit and who keeps trying until the end. Both Tiger and Lindsey have experienced setbacks in their careers as well as in their personal lives. However, neither one has given up! They silence their critics by kicking ass and enjoying what seems to be a very happy and supportive relationship.
Tiger and Lindsey in a nutshell: tenacious GOAT getters!