Coach John Wooden has to be my favorite coach of all-time. Since the NCAA Basketball Tournament is around the corner, I think it is good timing to mention Wooden. He has over an 80% coaching record and won 10 championships over a 12 year stretch. His demeanor and simple inspirational messages, including, the “Pyramid of Success” were ways to convey to his players successful life lessons in becoming better players and better men. In fact, many of his players went on to be very successful in their careers.
Wooden spend 14 years developing 25 behaviors that he believed very beneficial in achieving success with Industriousness and Enthusiasm being the cornerstones.
The Pyramid of Success consists of the following:
Industriousness-“Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.” I have been doing all of the work and all of the exercises. By carefully planning to write down my actions or POA, I have expectations to meet. Doing the readings, sitting, and blogging are a few ways to prove I’ve been doing the work!
Friendship -“Strive to build a team filled with camaraderie and respect: comrades-in-arms.” I am making an effort to create friendships in the master keys experience. Also, by constantly improving myself I can help others build a better world!
Loyalty -“Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.” I am honest with myself. One way I do this, is reading the guy in the glass at night to make sure I did my very best each day. In other words, it is important to promise yourself and give yourself and good reality check at the end of each day!
Cooperation -“Have utmost concern for what’s right rather than who’s right.” This is where I’ve found being a good listener is important. Having less opinions is a must. One examples, is I’ve commented in the kindness section everyday since it has been assigned. I have found that I really do a lot of good things in a given day than I even though before!
Enthusiasm -“Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others.” As the Bible states, being full of enthusiasm is being full of God! I’m doing better at this, but need more of this when I’m reading my daily requirements.
Self-control -“Control of your organization begins with control of yourself. Be disciplined.” Now, that good habits have been established I have become more self-directed in taking control of my life in a more positive manner than before!
Alertness -“Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and the team.” Mixing in different combinations really helps negate boredom, which in turn I’m constantly getting better! Also, sharing in the alliances and helping to motivate the people in my mastermind groups achieve their goals is very important to me. By being a good observer, I have learned how to help people more as well as myself. Give more, get more!
Initiative – “Make a decision! Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.” When goals are written down, they are already in the works. Saying affirmations really helps to stay motivated. The affirmation, “Do it now” has helped to prevent procrastination.
Intentness – “Stay the course. When thwarted try again; harder, smarter. Persevere relentlessly.” The service cards and the POA cards are helping to stay on track to accomplish my DMP! Faith and persistence!
Condition – “Ability may get you to the top, but character keeps you there-mental, moral, and physical.” By becoming more balanced and keeping things in moderation, has helped me become more successful. For example, reading the Bible, getting plenty of sleep, eating right, exercising, and constantly learning are ways I am learning and growing!
Skill – “What a leader learns after you’ve learned it all counts most of all.” I have become skilled at being easily motivated and discard negativity. I am still trying to master the “sit.”
Team Spirit – “The star of the team is the team. ‘We’ supercedes ‘me’.” Blogging and masterminding is important. Sharing experiences and helping to inspire others is what it is about. I’ve learned in life that it is not fun to live life alone. No one became successful in life without someone else helping them or masterminding! It’s about keeping each other accountable! 🙂
Poise – “Be yourself. Don’t be thrown off by events whether good or bad.” At times, I wasn’t as poised as I am now. It is mentioned in Scroll IV that we are Nature’s greatest miracle and in Scroll II Mandino says to love myself. I welcome obstacles and challenges!
Confidence – “The strongest steel is well-founded self-belief. It is earned, not given.” I have gained more confidence. Fear will always be around, but I’m learning to diffuse it! By understanding myself from within, I have better understood the world without. Being around family and friends helps to restore and sustain confidence. The MKE is about finishing what you start. If you think of a race, there is no point to start one if you’re not going to finish. Just keep going to you cross the finish line! As Nike says, Just Do It!
Competitive Greatness – “Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.” I’m competing with myself and the masterminding, which has been great. Most of the time, it’s little nuggets of new information or must-needed words of encouragement! It’s about learning and growing!
Additionally, it’s important to have ambition, adaptability, resourcefulness, fight, faith, patience, integrity, reliability, honesty, and sincerity.
One of my favorite quotes: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – Coach John Wooden