Inspired and stunned by the weekend's sports news that golf pro Sergio Garcia incomprehensibly blew a 6-stroke lead going into the final round of the Wachovia Classic Championship, I thought I'd write another book. I bounced the idea off a friend. The premise is that the mind can, on one hand, be an enormous asset in an athletic performance and, on the other, interfer with a performance and screw things up no matter how hard you practiced. I told my friend that I wanted to interview top athletes to find out the ways they get their minds right.
If you have been a regular reader, you know that back in February I wrote about athletic performance and the Zone. (Check out February's archives for the 14th, 15th, 17th and 28th.)
My friend loved the idea but said the problem was getting access to the athletes. I had to agree and felt deflated. However, that evening (the night before the Day of Lasting Achievements) I made a list of all the things I wanted to pursue on May 10 in order to take maximum advantage of that auspicious day. During that list-making exercise, I happened to think of three or four of my friends that had some connection with professional athletes.
When Akshaya Tritiya (The Day of Lasting Achievements) dawned I called some and emailed the others. Miraculously, a book customer called (out of the blue) to order a bunch of my books to give out as gifts. It turned out he was the son of a majorly famous (and now quite old) tennis pro. He loved the idea and said he'd open some doors for me. The few friends I contacted sprang into action too. Now I have some phone numbers (even cell numbers) for a couple of very cool superstars. Hopefully one thing will lead to another.
I'm stoked to the gills. We'll see how it unfolds. I'll keep you all up to date if anything worth reporting takes place. Right now, even at age 59, I'm feeling like a little kid again. I'm going to ask some questions that I always wanted to know from these hugely accomplished athletes and I can't wait.
P.S. Of course, if any of you could introduce me to a great athlete (or if you are a great athlete), please get in touch with me.