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Issue 255 - Game Competition

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 5 Issue 255
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All of us are involved from time to time in situations that could be described as Game Competition. Aside from sporting events, it might be an important presentation, an interview or even a critical conversation that needs to be had.
What follows in italics is a handout Coach Wooden wrote for his players entitled Game Competition. In block letters I have had added some commentary.
1. Have courage and do not worry. If you do your best, never lose your temper, and never be out-fought or out-hustled, you have nothing to worry about. Without faith and courage you are lost.
Coach emphasized a positive mental approach, without worrying about the outcome. He also wanted two qualities that don’t always go together naturally, fight-hustle and self-control.
2. Have respect without fear for every opponent, and confidence without cockiness in regard to yourself.
Coach did not want any hype or braggadocio, just quiet confidence that comes from proper preparation.
3. Think all of the time. Study your opponent and yourself all of the time for the purpose of increasing your effectiveness and diminishing his.
Although you may be focused and engaged, stay open minded and alert.
4. Never be a spectator while in the game. Be doing something at all times, even if it is only being a decoy.
In group efforts, don’t lose your focus when you are not the center of attention. Always find a positive way to contribute.
5. Teamwork is essential. Unselfish team play and team spirit are two of the foremost essentials for success when any group is working together.
As Coach liked to say: It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when no one is concerned with who gets the credit.
6. Be at your best when your best is needed. Enjoy the thrill from a tough battle.
Coach never gave a message about winning. He always fostered a mental attitude that enjoyed tough competition.
When engaged in Game Competition, can you stay relaxed, yet focused, full of hustle, maintain self-control and enjoy the battle? The great competitors call it being in the zone.

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman
Twitter: @woodenswisdom




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 God make my life a little light,
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