Belief precedes what we can imagine; not the other way around. In other words, I can only imagine possibilities and scenarios that line up with what I first believe I can or cannot do. If I believe I have a great short game, for example, my imagination is going to be much more creative, inventive and, yes, believable than if I am locked into states of anxiety or fear over my chipping and pitching. If I likewise believe that I am a terrible putter, it becomes difficult for me to imagine I can make a lot of putts. We can work on the physical parts of our games as much as we like, but without improved belief, the proof cannot arrive.
I would solemnly agree that every professional athlete out there, and for that matter, anyone who is at the top of their profession believes in themself. There is obviously a correlation between ability, experience, confidence, and self doubt but the fact remains that you can't become great without believing in yourself and you cannot stay great or be near your best with out believing in yourself. What a fantastic golf tournament in San Diego yesterday, there were some incredible examples of playing to win and believing in yourself at that tournament. Guys out there not - trying to be the best - but actually being their best! Be the best you, you can be and see your golf game and self image at their all time highs!
Have a great week!
P.s. Congratulations to Bubba Watson, you are a class act and I will surely follow this up with some great info on you and your victory in San Diego!