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John Brooks Scores Winning Goal
SUCCESS BY SOCCER PLAYER JOHN BROOKS BECAUSE OF A DREAM IN U.S. VERSUS GHANA WORLD CUP GAME
IN HER BOOK,A Bedside Guide to Dreams, expert Michaels listsPractice Dreamsas one of twenty-seven dream types. In a practice dream, the dreamer practices a skill or talent, which for an athelete, can mean the difference between winning and losing. Whether you are an athlete or are gearing up for any other kind of win, at bedtime, tell yourself to practice a skill while you sleep.
JOHN BROOKS, a little-known player, scored a goal late in the game to gave a decisive win to the United States in their opening match against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup soccer game. In the 86th minute of the U.S.’s opening World Cup match in Brazil on June 16, 2014, the 21-year-old defender executed a perfectly timed header from a corner play, to grab the lead against the U.S.'s perennial World Cup nemesis, Ghana. After scoring, Brooks collapsed as three teammates piled on top of him to celebrate the goal. The game was Brooks’ first competitive match with the U.S. team and his debut at the World Cup, the most watched sports tournament around the world.
BROOKS TOLD REPORTERS afterwards that the game-winning goal was a literal dream come true. “I told some teammates that I would score in the 80th minute and win the game, and I did it – in the 86th minute,” he said. “I had the dream two days before the game, and in the dream, it was a header from a corner, just the way it happened.”
“He played his first World Cup and scored in it,” said the proud U.S. coach and former World Cup–winning Germany striker Jürgen Klinsmann. “It was quite a special day for him.” The decisive goal sealed the U.S. triumph over Ghana who had beaten the American squad in two previous World Cups. Brooks spent the entire first half of the match watching from the bench before replacing star defender Matt Besler, who was struggling to shrug off a hamstring injury.
Jack Nicklaus on the cover Golf Magazine - January 1964.
SUCCESS BY GOLFER JACK NICLAUS BECAUSE OF A DREAM
Few would think a dream can make a sports star or be a source of success in sports, yet it happens more often than people realize as in this story of Jack Nicklaus. In her book, The Bedside Guide to Dreams, author Stase Michaels describes “Practice Dreams” as a type of dream during which a skill is practiced nightly till perfected. Whether an athlete practices running, golf, swimming or tennis, a dream practice session greatly accelerates a skill and perfects it.
Jack Nicklaus Finds New Golf Swing. Jack Nicklaustold a friend that he improved his golf swing after dreaming of a new way to hold his club, and credits the dream with improving his golf game. In 1964, Nicklaus was having a bad slump and routinely shooting in the high seventies. After suddenly regaining top scores he reported:
Wednesday night I had a dream and it was about my golf swing. I was hitting them pretty good in the dream and all at once I realized I wasn't holding the club the way I've actually been holding it lately. I've been having trouble collapsing my right arm taking the club head away from the ball, but I was doing it perfectly in my sleep. So when I came to the course yesterday morning I tried it the way I did in my dream and it worked. I shot a sixty-eight yesterday and a sixty-five today. [As told to a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, 27 June 1964]