Your mind is such a magnificent instrument that science has barely probed the surface of its tremendous power and potential.Occasionally, a rare coach or mentor comes along that has a unique ability to inspire his players to reach their potential.
The legendary coach John Wooden was one of those rare coaches. He used to say, “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” Coach Wooden was a master at helping players realize their true potential. He believed when you learn something, you must be quick to implement what you learned.
Applying many of his lessons, several of his players achieved success on the court and later in life beyond their wildest dreams. Coach Wooden led the UCLA Bruins to ten national championships in a twelve year period. During this period his teams won a record 88 consecutive games.
But what is potential? Webster defines it as, existing in possibility; capable of development. Most people don’t realize how great they can be. Many times it’s because they don’t know what they need to do to improve and move from point A to Point B. They are the product of their own limitations. They are not able to see the realm of possibilities before them. So what makes some reach their potential while others don’t?
There are 4 keys:
Coach Wooden stressed how important it was to concentrate on the things that you can control and to strive to have the peace of mind that comes not from just victory, but from knowing that you’ve done your very best. He used to say, ” If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”
He went on to say, ” Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” To Coach Wooden, being at your best when the best was needed was just as important in the game of life as it was in the game of basketball.
We are all a work in progress. Becoming what we have the potential to be is a worthy journey. Have you reached your potential? Remove all your limitations. The rest of your life is awaiting you! –Mike Sciortino