|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10||Issue 517|
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"SELF-CONTROL: THE MOTOR OF SUCCESS"
In his Pyramid of Success, Coach Wooden describes how to maintain Self-Control: "Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgement and common sense are essential." Self–discipline and keeping our emotions under control are required to keep the other requirements for reaching our potential functioning properly.
Coach Wooden said: "Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning." Consistent careful planning and attention to detail requires self-discipline.
Coach advised that: "Our Enthusiasm brushes off on those who we come in contact with." Keeping a positive attitude when things aren’t going well requires, we "keep our emotions under control."
Getting the cooperation of others requires that we remember we must "listen if we want to be heard." The great listener has great self-discipline which allows them to focus on what the other person is saying and have an awareness of their emotional state.
Coach Wooden felt that Alertness is critical for success. In his book, Wooden on Leadership with Steve Jamison, Coach describes alertness: "Alertness, the ability to be constantly observing, absorbing, and learning from what’s going on around you, is a critical component for the individual in charge, the leader who strives for continuous improvement. You must constantly be awake, alive, and alert in evaluating yourself as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your organization and your competitors.
The sense of urgent observation—Alertness—must exist in you and be taught to those under your supervision. A leader who is sluggish in recognizing what’s going on may soon be out of a job. My father liked to remind me that most of what I’d learn would come from others. This can only happen if you’re alert and aware—eyes wide open and paying attention.
Alertness is a potent weapon for a leader—a great attribute. An alert leader creates an organization filled with people who pay attention, are open-minded, and strive always for improvement."
To maintain alertness, you must have your emotions under control.
Could you improve your self-discipline? Could you improve on keeping your emotions under control?
Yours in Coaching,
To The Failures
Yours is the loser's part to play,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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