|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10
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"PRIORITIZE YOUR PLANNING PROPERLY"
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 36 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked to share his poem: "Don't Look Back?"
In Stephen Covey's book on time management "First Things First" he makes the point that no matter what time management system you use or how much you streamline things it will always be close to impossible to get everything done. He says that the key to a happy fulfilling life is prioritizing the important things in your weekly plan.
Coach Wooden's priorities were Faith, Family and Friends. He believed in Moral, Mental and Physical Conditioning and wanted a life full of Love and Balance. He prioritized and scheduled everything accordingly. Here are some examples:
In terms of Faith and Moral conditioning he read the Bible every day, used no profanity, never spoke badly of others, never missed Church, and would not let UCLA schedule a game on a Sunday no matter how big the payday. He actually told UCLA they could schedule the game; he just wouldn't be there to coach the team.
Family for Coach was a priority far ahead of work. After team dinner during the season, he was always home with the love of his life Nellie. Nellie often commented that when John got home, she had no idea how practice went because he always acted the same, a loving attentive Husband and Father. Coach requested as part of his contract that Nellie be taken on all road trips when she was able to go.
My wife Christy was Coaches first granddaughter and Coach went by her house and saw every day the first year of her life, frequently bringing her a new outfit. Our older son John was born in Utah and our younger son Kyle was born in San Rafael. Although Coach lived in Los Angeles and was frequently traveling, he somehow arrived in person at our home within 48 hours of both their births to greet them in person.
His mental condition was razor sharp because he read extensively every day on many topics besides basketball (balance).
He maintained friendship and balance with his teams as well. Practice started everyday at 3 pm but Coach was sitting courtside at 2:30 everyday in case a player needed to talk. Practice never went longer than 5:30 pm, no matter what and his teams only practiced Monday through Friday (five days a week not six). He wanted the players he loved so much to have a balanced life and keep their focus on school first.
The pressure of coaching basketball and getting results never got Coach Wooden to change his priorities or how he scheduled the week for himself or his players. Coach Wooden understood "First Things First": Faith, Family and Friends, Moral, Mental and Physical conditioning surrounded with Love and Balance.
What are the priorities in your time management system and your team's time management system?
Yours in Coaching,
The Home Builders
The world is filled with bustle and with selfishness and greed,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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