Monday, May 13, 2013

Quote of the Day on "How to Close Out the Game": The Universal Closing Principle

"You don't have to be perfect to win. You can't be perfect anyway. You just have to hang in there, put the bad stuff behind you, think good thoughts and more than anything be good enough to make your opponent perform under pressure. Then, more often than not, they will make the big mistake. [In other words], be the mirror to make your opponents face themselves - their fears, arrogance, doubts, flaws and history . . . Minimize your mistakes and let time and pressure do their thing. Time and pressure are your friends."

Tiger Woods knows this. He won 52 of the 56 times in which he was ahead in professional tournaments. New York Yankees superstar pitcher Mariano Rivera knows this. He closes out with a win 89% of the time. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi knew this. He closed out to a victory 75% of the time. Tennis champion Chris Evert knew this. She won 7 French Opens and 6 U.S. Opens.

--Joe Posnanski, & (May 12, 2013)

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