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Success Building Blocks: Condition

By Bigg Success Staff
08-05-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve discussed the bottom two rows of his Pyramid. 843 Industriousness], Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and 879 Enthusiasm] form the foundation. The second row consists of 1011 Self-control], 1071 Alertness], 1099 Initiative], and 1032 Intentness].

Now we’ll move to the three blocks that form the heart of the Pyramid, starting with the block on the far left of the third row.

Condition

This block sits on the left hand side of the middle row, on top of Self-Control and Alertness. Wooden emphasized to his athletes that physical conditioning wasn’t enough. They had to also prepare mentally and show moral restraint. So it is with us – we have to nourish our bodies, our minds, and our souls to be at the top of our game.

On the physical side, it’s a blend of proper rest with a regular exercise regimen and a healthy diet. On the mental side, seek to learn at least one new thing every day. Also learn how to be mentally tough so you can withstand the inevitable ups and downs.

Wooden told his young men that their condition depended on two things – how hard they worked at practice and how well they behaved when they weren’t practicing. Sounds like a great formula for all of us, doesn’t it? 

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Success Building Blocks: Alertness

By Bigg Success Staff
07-22-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. He developed the Pyramid of Success[pdf], a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve looked at the five blocks that form the foundation of the Pyramid – from left to right – 843 Industriousness], Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and 879 Enthusiasm]. Then, we started the second row and have looked at the two outer blocks – 1011 Self-control] on the far left and 1032 Intentness] on the far right.

Now we’ll look at the middle-left block of the second row, sitting above Friendship and Loyalty.

Alertness

You have to constantly pay attention to what’s going on around you. Be on the lookout for new paradigms which help you understand changes and take advantage of them.

Wooden talks about being quick to spot weaknesses – in yourself and in your competition. If it’s your own weakness, eradicate it rapidly. If your competition exhibits a weakness, move swiftly to take advantage of it.

Observe successful people and figure out how to emulate them. If you constantly look for ways to improve yourself, you’ll continually grow. That’s how you find meaning in what you’re doing, which makes you feel more alive.

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