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Written by Dr. Paul Meier and former pro golfer Jim Hiskey, this motivational book outlines the eight critical choices that champions must make on the playing field and in life. Based on examples from the lives of pro athletes (such as Tiger Woods, Betsy King, and Lance Armstrong) and everyday people, Winning Is a Choice is an inspiring guide for real-life champions on the path to success. Readers (especially golf enthusiasts) will be encouraged to pursue worthwhile goals in their own lives, and to stay focused ...
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Written by Dr. Paul Meier and former pro golfer Jim Hiskey, this motivational book outlines the eight critical choices that champions must make on the playing field and in life. Based on examples from the lives of pro athletes (such as Tiger Woods, Betsy King, and Lance Armstrong) and everyday people, Winning Is a Choice is an inspiring guide for real-life champions on the path to success. Readers (especially golf enthusiasts) will be encouraged to pursue worthwhile goals in their own lives, and to stay focused on becoming the champions God wants them to be.
My patients know me as a doctor. My readers know me as the coauthor of Happiness Is a Choice and Love Is a Choice. But few people know that I'm a sports fanatic. Most Sunday afternoons I'm sprawled out in my lounge chair, drinking diet cherry Cokes and watching a PGA tournament.
A couple of years ago I was offered an opportunity to play eighteen holes with a man who had competed in these tournaments. Jim Hiskey is a life member of the PGA and a former college all-American golfer. I was like a ten-year-old on his first trip to Disney World. I'd never played golf with a pro.
My excitement wore off fast.
After four holes, I'd lost three balls. I couldn't hit any club except a seven iron, which I used to drive with. I was in pain.
On the fifth hole, Jim had mercy on me. He changed my grip.
When I gripped the club on the fifth tee, I thought it would fall out of my hands. But even though changing my grip felt wrong, Jim's knowledge of golf made me think his counsel was right.
I made a halfhearted choice: I'd change my grip even though I had little faith anything would be different.
After I hit my five wood about 250 yards on the eighth hole-something I had never done-I began to think there might be something to Jim's advice.
My attitude changed. Even though I thought the shot was somewhat of a fluke, I knew that if I was going to improve my golf game, I had a choice to make. I could stick to my old way, or I could change to this new, strange way Jim was proposing. He had been a PGA pro for forty years, and I believed he was qualified to help me. That day he became my golf doctor, and I chose to risk change. I played one of the best rounds of my life.
I've wanted to write a book on this subject for many years. I've always been fascinated by champion athletes and wondered how they attain their success.
I've thought a lot about a different type of champion too. In my work as a psychiatrist, I see people who face many obstacles-abusive backgrounds, eating disorders, personality disorders, and so forth. Some never change, but others amaze me by finding a way to improve their lives.
How do they do it?
After playing golf with former PGA Tour pro golfer Jim Hiskey and discovering that he, too, was a writer, I suggested that we coauthor this book. Jim has a passionate desire to help men and women, young and old, skilled and unskilled, and his golfing background gives him perspective on athletic success.
We met in Dallas shortly thereafter, and after two days of brainstorming, we came to these conclusions:
Becoming a champion in life, not merely in sports, is what really matters.
A champion can be defined as someone who has climbed a hurdle and reached greater heights in life. It's someone who recognizes his or her gifts and chooses to use them to help others. Being a champion has to do with finding a higher purpose in life.
Everyone can win in life. Some people honestly feel as if they are losers. But everyone can make the wise choices that lead to winning in life. Sometimes they simply need help to see what those choices are.
Anyone can become a champion in life, even people who believe they are locked into an impossible situation.
We can learn important lessons by closely observing the choices made by champions.
This is a book of stories about champions.
Jim's stories highlight champion athletes-mostly golfers, but also athletes from other sports. My stories describe some of the clients I've met in my years of counseling. Each story illustrates a choice that helped that individual overcome an obstacle and become a champion.
You, too, can become a champion. As Jim and I tell these stories, we hope you will consider how you can make similar choices. How can you overcome obstacles, discover your gifts, and live your life to its fullest potential? Will you decide to change? Will you make the choices of champions?
We have thoroughly enjoyed writing this book and have learned a great deal about making wise choices. It is our heartfelt hope that these stories will be enjoyable to you and will change your life as they have ours.
Choices of Champions
* Champions choose to accept help from others.
* Champions choose to risk change.
* Champions choose to get up and move on.
* Champions choose to find a way.
* Champions choose to face their problems head-on.
* Champions choose to persevere.
* Champions choose to concentrate.
* Champions choose to seek a higher purpose.
Excerpted from Winning is a Choice by PAUL MEIER JIM HISKEY Copyright © 2007 by Paul Meier and Jim Hiskey. Excerpted by permission.
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