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"IMPROVE YOUR CAPABILITY" (COACH WOODEN’S "APPP")
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 15 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "What is the difference between a coach and teacher?"
Coach Wooden’s definition of success is: "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable."
To improve your capability, you can use the new John Wooden "APPP". It is not on your phone and it’s available right now for free. "APPP" stands for: Attitude-Plan-Process-Performance.
Attitude: John Wooden says: Don’t whine, don’t complain, and don’t make excuses. Just do the best you can. Nobody can do more than that. Complaining, whining, and making excuses just keep you out of the present."
Plan: A goal without a plan is just a dream. Coach spent two hours planning every two-hour practice and wrote a detailed post practice evaluation every practice for twenty-seven years.
Process: Using the results of his daily self-evaluation he was able to improve his process every day.
Performance: Coach kept himself and the players properly focused on performance in practice every day, every drill one minute at a time.
The "APPP" will work if you use Coach Wooden’s philosophy to keep yourself properly focused:
"Never try to be better than somebody else. Always understand that you'll never know a thing that you don’t learn from someone else. Never try to be better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s under your control. The other isn’t and if you get too engrossed, involved and concerned in regard to the things that you have no control, it will have a negative effect on the things over which you have or should have control."
In his book, The Essential Wooden with Steve Jamison, Coach described how this applied to his approach on competition: "I wanted to win every single game I ever played or coached. Who would think otherwise? We play to win however I never mentioned winning or beating an upcoming opponent. I removed stress - the kind that comes from a fear of losing or an overeager appetite to win - by focusing exclusively on improvement and teaching the team that ongoing and maximum progress was the standard, our daily goal.
While I played to win-always-winning was never the way I measured my success. Nor was it how I gauged the success of those under my supervision." "For me there is a standard that ranks above winning. I would never allow the scoreboard to be the judge of whether I had achieved success."
By keeping laser focus on process goals, not product goals, Coach Wooden was able to improve the capability of the team a little every day.
Where is your focus? Check up on your: "APPP".
Yours in Coaching,
The job will not make you,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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