The Thought for the Day – Martin Kaymer

You have to believe. You have to play brave. – Martin Kaymer


Martin Kaymer is a German professional golfer. Currently plying his trade on the European Tour, he has won two major championships, the PGA Championship in 2010 and the 2014 US Open and as I write this he is ranked 50th in the world in a sport Satan invented on the seventh day.

Today’s Thought followed his US Open victory. Kaymer believed and played brave the whole week, leading after every round and winning by eight strokes, a phenomenal total for a major championship.

Every successful person, no matter the field of human endeavor, believed in himself. Among others, Michelangelo believed he had the talent to live down the ages and to cite an example from the other side of the human spectrum, substantive reading into his life shows Hitler believed in himself, too.

And you’re reading this because the writer believes he has something you might want to read.

If you are going to be a success you must believe in yourself, too. People that believe in themselves all share four traits:

One, they have a plan for their life.
Two, they make the execution of that plan a primary purpose of their life.
Three, they come back strong from defeat
Four, they truly believed their ultimate success was their for the taking, all they had to do was go and get it.

No one will believe in you quite like you do. All right, your mother might come close and a good spouse will try, but by and large no one will believe in you the way that you do and no one accomplishes anything of substance without first believing they can.

You have to play brave…

It is important to act in concert with the ebb and flow of life and it takes wisdom to know when the time has come to play brave and it takes courage to actually go out and do it. It isn’t always easy because everyday there are dozens of distractions. Livings have to be earned. Your family demands your attention. The lawn needs to be mowed.

We must know ourselves well enough to have a plan for our life and the courage to go out and get the life we want.

We must have the courage to play brave.

The Thought for the Day runs regularly. Quotes are from Gaylon’s personal quote book, begun in a motel room in Berkeley, California in 1988.

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