Saturday, January 30, 2016

Coach Quotes III

"The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move."

 - John Wooden

If you don't practice what this quote says do you call it procrastination? You probably do, but when I read this quote it can answer a lot of what I have experienced in myself as an adult and a child. When I didn't have a clear goal, I was in my lowest mental state of mind. However, when I have had dreams about something I wanted to do, if I didn't make it a goal and act upon the steps that I set forth, an aimless feeling washes over me. The things I want to do in my life disappear. This has been the the root cause of times I have felt dissatisfaction in my life. 
For basketball players, I hear kids tell me they want to play on a school team. Whether it is high school, or all the way up to the NBA, it is every ballers dream. I usually ask what they do during their summer vacation. The normal days during the summer will be to stay up into the morning doing whatever they wish, and waking up late in the morning. They've missed half of the day, and the coolest part of the day to work on their skills. 
I will illustrate this example of a kid who is 6'3" versus a kid who is also 6'3", and weighs the same as each other. You could say that they are pretty equal. They both go to a gym and play 5 on 5 for 3 hours during the afternoon, and they go the the weight room afterwards or work on some cardio or cross training activities. However, one of them goes to bed earlier, and wakes up 3 hours before the other kid. During that time the kid works on individual drills, and gets a full breakfast. You can now see how unequal they will be in the future. It really is as simple as that quote.