Woodenís Wisdom ó
Volume 3, Issue 145
I Am Not What I Want to Be,
Not What I Ought to Be,
and Not What I Am Going to Be,
but I Am Thankful I Am Not What I Used to Be
Coach Wooden was asked if he thought he had lived up to the Seven
Point Creed his father had given him; Coach would often reply:
I would like to be able to tell you that I
lived up to Dadís creed, but I am more like the fellow who said:
I am not what I want to be, not what I ought to be, and not what
I am going to be, but I am thankful I am not what I used to be.
Iíve tried and I think thatís all Dad would of
expected and thatís all I expect from young people under my
supervision, my children, my grandchildren and all my 13
great-grandchildren, all I ask is try.
This level headed approach to self evaluation has
three parts to it:
- Humility (I am not what I want to
be, not what I ought to be)
- Commitment to improvement (not
what I am going to be)
- Attitude of gratitude (I am
thankful I am not what I used to be).
This is the same level headed approach Coach
Wooden used to help his teams avoid peaks and valleys.
Coach Wooden summed
it up this way:
I believe that for every artificial peak you
create, you also create valleys. When you get too high for
anything, emotion takes over and consistency of performance is
lost and you will be unduly affected when adversity comes.
I emphasized constant improvement and steady
I have often said: "The mark of a true
champion is to always perform near your own level of
competency." We were able to do that by never being satisfied
with the past and always planning for what was to come.
I believe that failure to prepare is preparing
to fail. The constant focus on the future is one reason we
continued staying near the top once we got there.
When this simple approach is applied to everyday
life as an individual or as a team, you can count on one thing: The
best is yet to come!
Yours in Coaching,