Mental Matters Column: Tiger Woods’ redemption shows the true power of vulnerability

Ex-MK Dons footballer Drewe Broughton is now one of the country’s top motivational speakers after overcoming his own mental demons to mentor a number of leading sports stars and business professionals.

As an ambassador for mental health charity Kaleidoscope and author of the book ‘And Then What?’ the Milton Keynes resident brings a wealth of experience to Celebrate:MK as our new mental health columnist…

April 14th 2019 was a moment in time I will never forget. Firstly as a huge sports fan and, secondly, in my role today as a coach.

Tiger Woods, the man who single-handedly changed the golf industry, broke down barriers of race, was a role model for millions, stood once again on top of the world.

As he slid that famous green jacket over his immense shoulders on that Sunday night in Augusta, Georgia, it signified to me the ultimate message. That to be vulnerable is where the greatest power lies.

Late in 2010 one of the greatest sportsmen ever to have graced humanity stood on a podium in a hotel conference suite with the world’s press, family members and television crews, not to mention millions of television viewers worldwide, all poised to see the great man humbled.

Days before, he had driven his car into a tree at the end of his road. Intoxicated and chased by his then wife, Erin, it was a side the world would never have guessed existed amongst the great man’s array of gifts.

As the cameras rolled that day, the baying judges sharpened their knives and for 20 minutes Tiger Woods gave a show of honesty and vulnerability very few were used to seeing. I related.

In 2011 I too had a similar journey to go on. I had put the relentless needs of an ever hungrier “self” above all else.

I had a belief system that only weak people showed emotions or feelings, I thought if I make myself stronger, better, work harder then I can control my destiny. That obsessive thinking was so draining I needed, like Tiger, to ‘escape’.

What Tiger did that day in that packed room was take the first step back to his true self. He stopped hiding. When we are vulnerable and live in authenticity daily then we align ourselves with our true paths – we walk free.

For further information, visit http://www.drewebroughton.com or drop an email to Drewe at info@drewebroughton.com

This feature was published in the May 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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