In an article written by Doug Hix of Youth Fitness Magazine, we come to see that being a successful athlete doesn't mean making it big time. In all reality being a successful athlete is setting personal goals and pushing yourself to your full ability to reach them. Read on to find out more about this:
In my opinion, John Wooden is the most successful basketball coach to ever step on the hard wood. In 2009 the sporting news agreed with me by naming Coach Wooden as the "Greatest Coach of All Time". His accomplishments are so many that I don't even want to try to list them all. Of all his great accomplishments and words of wisdom there is something that Coach Wooden said that really inspired me. It's a quote of his that states, "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."
I think this speaks so strongly to what success really should look like. So many of you think success is starting on Varsity, getting a college scholarship, or making it to the pros. Those are successful attainments, however, that's not the measurement of success in your own life. Success is measured against the ability you have been given and how much you have done with it. Everyone is given a different measurement of ability and your success is dependent upon what you do with your measure (share).
Let me share an example of this for you. During training one day I paired a really fast guy up against an athlete that was a little slower. I said the "loser has to do an extra rep... one, two, three, GO"! They were off racing around cones and the fast guy began to pull away. After about 20 yards of running he had a 3-yard lead, he slowed down as he crossed the finish line and thought he was the winner. The athlete that was a little behind ran all the way through the line and finished strong but frustrated because he thought he had lost. However, I declared the faster athlete the loser and the other athlete the winner. The faster athlete said "what, your kidding right?" I explained to him being a faster athlete does not make you a winner. A winner is someone giving everything they have all the time, not just part time.
I think success first should start with the basic premise that winning or losing is not a measurement of success. A common term used in track and field is PR (personal record). After every track meet in college our coach would announce when someone set a PR and everyone would clap. We knew that person competed at their best and was successful. Every workout and every game focus on setting a PR, then you will always be a winner and possibly achieve more than those with greater ability than yourself.
Coach Wooden was quoted as saying "never mistake activity for achievement". If you are NOT giving your all every day in every way, then you are not maximizing your ability.
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