It has certainly been an exciting week with the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl. What made this even more surprising was that this team was not picked to win the championship, nor were the expectations as high as they were for the 2014 team, which got smashed in the Super Bowl.
I began thinking of what makes up “championship material.” You could say things like teamwork, selflessness, tenacity, creativity, and glorious descriptive words such as those.
I went back to one of my greatest resources, Coach John Wooden, who coached the UCLA Bruins to 10 National Championships in 12 years in the 1970’s, including 7 in a row! What I admired about Coach Wooden was his attention to detail. It has been said that he would prepare 3 hours for a 90 minute practice, every day!
Take the “Are you Championship Material” quiz. Here are some of my favorite John Wooden classics. Ask yourself if these quotes describe you, what you are up to in your life, and whether you are “Championship Material”:
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
“Be prepared and be honest.”
“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”
“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights.”
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”
And my favorite:
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
So, how did you do? Remember, the lesson is to learn and be better today, then tomorrow, then the next day. It’s a long race. Pace yourself, and learn and improve every day.