Peace of Mind

While at UCLA, John Wooden had one of the best winning records in NCAA history.  He taught his players that success had nothing to do with the score at the end of the game.  His definition of success is:

"Success is peace of mind, which is the direct result of self satisfaction in knowing that you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

Here are a few ways that this worked in practice.  

1) He encouraged each player to become the best version of themselves.  He praised their effort, not the result. 

2) He acknowledged those players that look to pass before they shoot.  Said another way, he wanted players that were fine with someone else taking the shot if it was better for the team.   

3) He always practiced at a faster pace than the actual game.  

I challenge you to think about where you can apply Coach Wooden's timeless principles to your life.  


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