Brad Gilbert talks in his book, Winning Ugly, about singing a song in your head to help calm your nerves.
That is great advice.
You know what else songs can do, right?
Yep, immediately take you back to an event in your past.
Well, imagine my surprise when on a plane recently Rory Mcilroy stated in a Bose advertisement:
"When I won my first major, I listened to the same song every day on the way to the tournament. It played in my head over and over all the way around the course. So whenever I want to remember that winning feeling, all I need to hear is that song."
I can so relate!
My first ever tournament first place win was at the end of 2009 at the Fast Eddies Tour stop Season Finale. I was completely and utterly in the zone and I distinctly recall this song that played, and now EVERY time I hear it, I picture myself in that match, playing solid, playing in the zone, and winning.
While it's not the song that helped me win, it's just the song that when it comes on immediately takes me back to the finals.
It was Chris Brown's "I can Transform Ya" with Lil Wayne. It was just a quirky little different song that when it came on I remembered it and now correlate it with that win.
I wonder what Mcilroy's was?? I bet it was something he deliberately chose to listen to to pump him up! :)
What's yours that gets you pumped up??