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Success Building Blocks: Self-Control

By Bigg Success Staff
07-10-08

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 looked at the five blocks that form the foundation of the Pyramid – from left to right –  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm. Now we’ll move to the second row of blocks.

This time we’ll look at the block that sits on the far left side of the second row, sitting atop Industriousness and Friendship.

Self-Control

Wooden says, “If you lose self-control, everything will fall.” It’s important to learn to control our emotions. There will be times when things won’t go our way. How we respond will be critical to achieving success.

It’s important to use good judgment and common sense as we approach each day and each decision. Misfortune may beset us, but we must recognize the good things in our life at every moment. Otherwise, we may wallow in self-pity and accomplish nothing.

Wooden wanted his teams to get just a little bit better every game. Slow and steady growth trumps peaks and the inevitable valleys. So use self-control to move yourself a little bit closer to your goals every day.  

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Success Building Blocks: Loyalty

By Bigg Success Staff
07-03-08

Timeless Principles

success_pyramid

John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. His contributions to success literature, though, possibly exceed his accomplishments on the court. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

We’ve looked at four blocks of his Pyramid so far. We started with his two cornerstones –  Industriousness on the left and Enthusiasm on the right. Now we’re looking at the three stones that fill out the foundation. We began with Friendship, the block that sits next to Industriousness. Last time, we talked about Cooperation, which sits next to Enthusiasm.

This time we’ll look at the block in the middle of the foundation – Loyalty.

Loyalty

You have to start with a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong building. Building a successful life also requires a firm base.

When Wooden talks about loyalty, he first speaks of being loyal to yourself. You have to be true to your ideals … to your core values … in order to respect yourself when you look in the mirror.

If you’re not loyal to yourself, you won’t be loyal to others. So that’s the starting point of loyalty.

Loyalty to others earns you their trust, which means they will help you when you need it. If you don’t earn their trust, or perhaps more specifically if you earn their distrust, people will shy away from you.

If you put the interest of others equal with your own, you will build relationships. If you stay true to those relationships, you’ll build bigg success! 

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The Face In The Glass

By Bigg Success Staff
01-03-07

Timeless Principle

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As we enter another year, here’s an old poem that reminds us that the only opinion of yourself that really counts is your own!

The Face In The Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what that face has to say

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass,
The person whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you’re a straight-shootin’ chum
And call you a great gal or guy,
But the face in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look it straight in the eye.

That’s the one you must please, never mind all the rest,
That’s the one with you clear to the end,
And you know you have passed your most dangerous test
If the face in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the face in the glass.

Your reputation is important. It is built moment by moment, action by action, day by day. You can spend years building a good reputation and then lose it with a single act. You can recover – but it will take even more time than it did before.

That’s why you should be more concerned with your character, than with your reputation. Your reputation is what others think of you. Your character is who you truly are.

If you continually develop your character, you won’t have to worry about your reputation. That’s why you need to know what’s most important to you.  As you internalize your core values, you’ll find that your actions, in the moment, are likely to be consistent with them.

You’ll tend to say and do things of which you can be proud. Just as important, you’ll stop yourself before you do something that will bring you dishonor.

It’s what we, here at Bigg Success, call “the light of day” test. If it won’t stand up in the light of day, don’t do it. If you feel like you need to hide it, don’t do it. That way, you’ll always be proud of who you see in the mirror!

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(Image of face in glass by antkriz, CC 2.0)