Frederick and James’ True Story
Frederick sat on the terrace of his sprawling home on his grand estate in Charlotte, North Carolina sipping a cup of coffee one morning. In front of him was his beautiful garden, he had learned gardening from his father and it was something he always enjoyed in his free time. To the left was the pool, an absolute masterpiece of landscape design.
To the right he viewed his tennis courts and his perfectly manicured putting and chipping green he had installed a couple years ago. It cost hundreds of thousands a year to simply keep the practice area in top shape even though he travels over 30 weeks per year.
His phone chirped and he looked down to see who was texting him, it was James, a long time friend from Frederik’s college days. He chuckled as he read the text and sent a quick reply.
In the garage a museum of luxury automobiles worth over 1 million dollars. That amount of money isn’t much for a guy who has earned 10’s of million of dollars in his career, maybe more, especially when he earned it doing something he absolutely loved to do.
As Frederick sat, he realized that he was living his dream in almost every way, he has a job he loves, he earns tons of money. “Why is this all happening?” he thought, “Why is it that I’ve been so fortunate?”.
He began thinking back to the beginning and it wasn’t hereditary, his father was a Parks and Recreation worker in Seattle, none of his relatives were wealthy.
As he thought back through his childhood and then through high school, he couldn’t really put his finger on the turning point in his life. He then started thinking back to college in the late 70’s at the University of Houston.
He smiled to himself as the memories began to rush back from his college days. Frederick thought about the good times he and James had at Houston, boy those were the days, he thought. Suddenly something clicked as he thought about James. James, as strange as it may seem, is at the top of his profession as well and just like Frederick, James has earned 10’s of millions in his career.
As silly as it sounds Frederick and James had sat around for endless hours in their Houston dorm room planning this life they had created for themselves. “Wait a minute”, Frederick thought, “James and I did pretty much plan this life”.
Frederick started thinking about James and how they would literally act out every little detail with each other, about how they were both wealthy and at the top of their respective professions. They would theorize and go into great detail about how this plan could be executed. The other guys on their floor told them both they were nuts and they should come back to reality. That didn’t matter because James and Frederick had a dream and a goal, a big goal.
Freddy and Jim had a goal of being at the top of their professions and they did just that.
Before I go on I just want to point out how absolutely improbable the next part of this story is. The odds of any of this happening and happening in a way that the whole world could see are simply and literally billions to 1. But, odds have nothing to do with it.
In 1978 Fred Couples, on the golf team at University of Houston and Jim Nantz, a broadcast journalism student at the time, had actually role played the act of Fred winning the Masters at Augusta and Jim holding a microphone interviewing Fred as he was handed the Master’s Green Jacket behind the iconic 18th green.
On April 12, 1992 this very dream ACTUALLY happened, just like they had planned.
Golf Channel Interview with Jim Nantz
When you understand the mechanics and the universal laws behind goal setting you won’t feel as though this is really improbable. It is unlikely for most, because most people are not willing to be AVID about their dreams and aspirations. Most people are not willing to dream big enough and to hold those dreams in their mind until they actually come true.
To be AVID is to be “in enthusiastic and vigorous pursuit” and that is exactly what Goal Achievers are, they are AVID and they are on a mission.
A– Ask yourself what it is you really want.
V– Visualize yourself in possession of your goal.
I– Identify a plan for achieving the goal.
D– Desire the goal constantly, never wavering.
Goal achievers have meaning in their lives, they have purpose, lofty aspirations and vision. The fact that Fred Couples and Jim Nantz actually played out their dream and their dream became a reality is not luck and it has nothing to do with chance. They masterminded their future and manifested results. It is so easy to simply pass this off as “Oh, well they knew each other and one hooked the other up”.
No, that’s not how success happens. Think about it.
I look forward to working with you as you lay out your AVID plan for success!
To your dreams,