|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 5||Issue 244|
|Craig Impelman Speaking | Championship Coaches | Champion's Leadership Library Login|
THE BEST COMPETITION LIES WITHIN SELF-IMPROVEMENT
How can we compete and not focus on the competition? When John Wooden was asked: What is the key to sustaining a high level of excellence over time? He responded:
I tried to teach that today is the only day in which you have control and what happened yesterday will not have any control over what happens today except learning from it. Today is the only day that amounts to anything. I tried to use that philosophy with my players to get them to try to just become a little better each day.
When asked how much focus he put on the competition, Coach said: One of my players, Bill Walton, once said: “When we were dressing for a game we had to send a manager to get a program to find out who we were playing because Coach never mentioned the opposition.” I wanted the emphasis placed on the improvement of ourselves.
We have limited time. Time spent on trying to be better than someone else takes away from time that could be spent on trying to improve ourselves.
We can’t measure our success by somebody else's opinion. Galileo, Einstein, Newton, Copernicus, Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were all held in low regard before their genius was recognized.
Coach Wooden recognized that being better than another team was beyond his control since he could not impact the competition’s capability. He also recognized that settling for simply being the number one team all the time might sell his team short of their capability.
You may have to be in the top ten in sales to keep your job, you might have to be in the top 10% to get into a college, you might have to be in the top five in businesses in your area to keep the doors open or you might have to be in the top four in your conference to keep your coaching job.
Worrying and wanting to be better than the competition is not going to win the prize.
Competition is important, but not against others. The race you need to win is the one that you run against yourself. Improve yourself every day. Win your own race.
Yours in Coaching,
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