This week’s tip is from legendary ULCA basketball coach, John Wooden. Wooden won 10 National Championships at UCLA and created his own “Pyramid of Success.

“SUCCESS IS PEACE OF MIND WHICH IS A
DIRECT RESULT OF SELF-SATISFACTION IN KNOWING YOU MADE THE EFFORT TO BECOME THE BEST YOU ARE CAPABLE OF BECOMING.”

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Wooden’s Pyramid of Success has 15 blocks underneath the peak. You can read all the blocks here. http://www.coachwooden.com/pyramid-of-success
Not everyone can grow to seven feet tall or run the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds or bench press 300 pounds. Success in sports at the professional level is out of reach for most of us. But each and every one of us can work hard and become the best we are capable of in sports and life.

Peace of mind is not just to be experienced after the competition. Right below Success on Wooden’s pyramid is Competitive Greatness. Great competitors love the journey, the struggle, the competition. Why? Because it offers them the chance to be their best when their best is required. And Wooden said our best is required every day.

Wooden’s definition of success reminds me of Philippians 4: 6-7.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Wooden’s Pyramid of Success also appears in my novel, The Blue Team. The main character, Thomas Conner, is focused on being great at basketball. But he’s so obsessed that he no peace of mind. After jeopardized his season and career, his coach employs Wooden’s definition of success and competitive greatness to show Thomas how far from true success he really is. What did Thomas do to jeopardize his career and how does he respond to his coach? You’ll have to read the book!

When can you read The Blue Team? Good question. After numerous edits and revisions I recently sent the manuscript off to the publisher! I am gearing for a March Madness release and will provide updates along the way.

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The Lord has taught me a lot about myself during this process and I look forward to sharing the story with all of you. Thanks for your interest and support.

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