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Success Building Blocks: Competitive Greatness

By Bigg Success Staff
09-17-08

Timeless Principles

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

So far, we’ve discussed four rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

The fourth row, which is also the second from the top, is made up of Poise and Confidence

This week, we’ll look at the single block that sits at the top of the Pyramid.

Competitive Greatness

This success building block sits atop Poise and Confidence. Without these two, Wooden asserts you won’t achieve Competitive Greatness. But it goes beyond that – this block sits at the top because it is the result of all the rest. Putting in place all the other attributes helps you achieve this one.

The great performers bravely step forward when others are afraid. They thrive when others wither. So they want to be the point person in attacking the bigg challenge. After all, who is better suited to lead the cause? They believe it is up to them. This is their opportunity to shine … and they do! 

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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The Great Competitor

By Bigg Success Staff
09-19-08

Peak Performance

poetry 

The late Grantland Rice enjoyed an incredible career, eventually becoming known as the Dean of American Sportswriters. He knew all the great athletes and coaches of his era – Knute Rockne, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Red Grange and more. He also had a penchant for poetry, including this one – the most powerful poem we’ve ever read …

The Great Competitor
By Grantland Rice

Beyond the winning and the goal,
beyond the glory and the fame,
He feels the flame within his soul,
born of the spirit of the game,
And where the barriers may wait,
built up by the opposing Gods,
He finds a thrill in bucking fate
and riding down the endless odds.

Where others wither in the fire
or fall below some raw mishap,
Where others lag behind or tire
and break beneath the handicap,
He finds a new and deeper thrill
to take him on the uphill spin,
Because the test is greater still,
and something he can revel in.

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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Do You Play to Win?

By Bigg Success Staff
09-7-08

Peak Performance

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Sporting events are a great microcosm of the games we all play. So we can take some great lessons away from them. One of those lessons is playing to win. Now you may be thinking … that seems kind of silly. Doesn’t everybody play to win?

The answer is a resounding “No”!

You see it with teams that aren’t “supposed” to win. They’re the underdogs. But they get the lead. They may be as surprised as everybody else.

And that’s when it happens …

They stop playing to win. They start playing to “not lose”.

Is there a difference?

The answer to that question is a bigg “Yes”!

Just like great teams, we need to play to win if we’re going to win bigg. Here are some key traits to adopt:

People who play to win have winning as their goal.

This may sound crazy to you also. But is it? Many people start out with a goal of winning. But as they inch closer and closer to the success they desired, their goal changes. They’re doing better than they ever imagined. So they get nervous. Their goal shifts to “not losing”.

It’s not a conscious thing. But you can see it in their actions, in their faces, and in their demeanor. And it’s ironic – the more they try not to lose, the more likely they are to lose. 

People who play to win put themselves on the edge.

You’ll never succeed bigg if you don’t take some risks. But what if you’re winning the game? Some people stop taking the risks that brought them so far. They become too risk-averse, thinking that playing it conservative will help them preserve their lead.

Now, it’s true that taking a risk doesn’t always pay off. By definition. But never taking a risk will never pay off. You have to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to make mistakes. Learn from them. Recover from them. And keep playing to win!

People who play to win are confident they will win.

Some people think they can win. Winners know they will win! Even when things aren’t going their way, they’re not troubled. They keep playing the game they came to play.

Sure, they’ll make some adjustments. They may change up their offense – or their defense – or both. But they keep on pushing. There is no doubt they’re going to win. It’s just a matter of time!

People who play to win get in “the zone”.

People who win don’t think; they do. They do what they’ve prepared to do. Because they’re thoroughly prepared, their body, mind, and spirit all reach a state of flow.

They go through the motions, but they aren’t just going through the motions. These motions flow up from deep within them because they’ve mastered their game.

Meanwhile, the people who are playing to “not lose” are busy thinking. Their self-talk isn’t the same as the people playing to win. They’re worrying about mistakes. They’re punishing themselves every time something doesn’t go their way. They’re over-thinking and over-reacting.

So how does the game usually end?

People who play to win … win.

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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Success Building Blocks: Confidence

By Bigg Success Staff
09-11-08

Timeless Principles

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We count ourselves among the many people who believe that John Wooden was the best coach in the history of college basketball. But his contributions go far beyond the court. He developed an incredible tool called the Pyramid of Success that will help you succeed in any endeavor you choose.

We’ve completed our discussion of three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

We’ve also looked at one of the two blocks that form that fourth row – Poise. This fourth row is also the second row from the top, right below the apex of the Pyramid. This week, we’ll look at the block that makes up the other half of this row. 

Confidence

Wooden points out that, if you don’t have all three blocks in the middle row of the Pyramid – Condition, Skill and Team Spirit – in place, you’ll never have Confidence. Confidence and Poise are closely related, but Wooden felt the need to include both in his Pyramid.

When we’re confident, we respect the task at hand but we don’t fear it. We know we’re prepared. That’s why the three blocks in the middle row – Condition, Skill, and Team Spirit – are so vital. We know the fundamentals of our craft. Even beyond that, we know that we know them. That’s not a subtle difference!

There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness. Peak performers get right up to the line, but they don’t cross over it. We don’t strive to be cocky, but it can happen over time. We have to guard against it by keeping all of the other success building blocks in mind.

With that in mind, we won’t succeed bigg if we aren’t confident. We have to win mentally to win physically. We must think we can win or we won’t. We must believe we can succeed or we won’t. When we have this mindset, we’re ready to take action. We’re ready to succeed bigg! And we can’t wait to get going! 

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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Success Building Blocks: Poise

By Bigg Success Staff
09-04-08

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 that will help you succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose. 

So far, we’ve discussed three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition and Team Spirit.

Now we’ll move to the fourth row, which is also the second row from the top. It consists of two blocks. We’ll look at the one on the left this week.  

Poise

This success building block sits atop Condition and Skill, but Wooden points out that it also comes from Team Spirit. You’ve worked hard to master the fundamentals of your craft so you know you’re ready to execute.

You’ve practiced every situation so you will be at ease when you’re playing the game. Even when things get tough, you’ll exhibit grace under pressure. You’ll just be yourself, because you know you’re ready! This leads to a calm, cool exterior because you’re calm and cool on the inside. That intimidates rivals who aren’t as prepared as you.  

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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Success Building Blocks: Industriousness

Success Building Blocks: Friendship

Success Building Blocks: Loyalty

Success Building Blocks: Enthusiasm

Success Building Blocks: Cooperation

Success Building Blocks: Self-Control

Success Building Blocks: Alertness

Success Building Blocks: Initiative 

Success Building Blocks: Intentness

Success Building Blocks: Condition 

Success Building Blocks: Team Spirit

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