A wonderful highlights package of European Golf’s 2012 Ryder Cup victory, a comeback of all comebacks, really struck a cord with me and not just because I’m a sporting nut.
There’s something revealing about the human spirit when faced with an impending loss. A determination takes over which is more complex than the ‘fight or flight’ theory. It has more to do with the digging in, never say die mental attitude.
Staring defeat in the face, it could be easy to throw the towel in, but there is a very emotive power that can dispel all that. Belief in your ability.
Yes, it’s not life or death, but the qualities displayed last year, so brilliantly brought back to my consciousness through the DVD, can resonate so much when you need it most.
To Win 8.5 points with only 12 available on the final day envoked a mental calmness in the players knowledge that they just needed to play their purest game and believe.
And that they did, defied the odds, becoming the stuff of legends and a shining example of not ever knowing when you’re defeated.
In sport and as in life, never give up.