The headlines are brutal:
Worst Collapse in History
A Choke to Remember
Does it matter that he finished tied for second or that he won $888,000 for the tournament? Do we really need to feel sorry for a guy who plays golf for a living? It might also help to remember that he is only 22.
After all that, he failed. At the press conference, it was obvious that he was devastated by his failure to finish well. Unlike some other pro athletes, he handled his media grilling with humility and class. He had his moments when cameras were stuck in his face, but he didn’t try to hide from his poor performance when it mattered most.
How’s your Monday going? How do you think his is going?
All of us have failed. Very few of us have failed on that large a stage. How do you think you would have handled that moment? As crushing as the loss must have been, having to hold the green jacket for Dan Willett must have been incredibly painful. Look at his face as he helped Willett put it on.
You failed. I failed. Now what?
Clichés are abundant:
“Don’t let a stumble on the road be the end of the journey.”
“Failure doesn’t come from falling down; failure comes from not getting up.”
“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”
“There is no education like adversity.”
“If you have not experienced excruciating failure, you may never experience exhilarating success.”
Do you think Jordan Spieth wants to hear any of these right now? Probably not. What helps you most after you have failed? Consider what we could learn:
- Don’t allow one failure to define you.
- While you are accepting responsibility for yourself, don’t forget give yourself grace.
- Don’t move on too quickly – we typically learn more from our misses than our makes.
- We serve a God who specializes in new beginnings.
I was pulling for him to win. Now I’m pulling for him dust himself off and get back in the game. I hope he has more encouragers than detractors.