John Wooden quotes are a rich source for affirmations that can help us become more successful and better people. Coach Wooden coached THE UCLA varsity basketball team to 10 national championships. Many people consider him the greatest college coach of all time.
He never mentioned the word "winning" to his players. How amazing is that? Instead he stressed doing the best you can do. Winning would be a product of that attitude. He seldom watched film of opposing teams. Why? All he cared about was his team becoming the best they could become.
One of my favorite quotes from anyone is Coach Wooden's quote when he said, "Make each day your masterpiece." I say that to myself everyday. It has made a difference for me in my life. That quote get's me started each morning with the right attitude.
So here are some quotes and affirmations from John Wooden that you can use to help you become the best you can be. There is a video about Coach Wooden that follows, as well as a podcast where Coach Wooden is interviewed by Tony Robbins. If you want to learn more about Coach Wooden and his philosophies of life, check out thewoodeneffect.com
"Make each day your masterpiece."
⁃ I am making today my masterpiece.
"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts."
⁃ I am a person who understands that success is never final. I must keep pushing forward.
⁃ I am a person who believes that failure is never fatal. I will learn from failure and push forward.
⁃ I am a person who understand that it is courage that counts in this world. I am becoming very courageous.
"It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
⁃ I am a person who understands that it is the little details that are vital. I am paying attention to them.
⁃ I am a person who understands that little things make big things happen. I am attending to the little things.
"If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
⁃ I am a person who understands that if a person feels they don’t have time to do something right, they most likely will not have the time to do it over. I am do things right.
"Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone."
⁃ I am a person who believes that today is the only day. That yesterday is gone.
⁃ I am a person who believes yesterday is gone. For that reason, I will learn from it and move forward.
"Discipline yourself and others won’t have to."
⁃ I am a person who relies on myself to discipline myself.
"Never mistake activity for achievement."
⁃ I am a person who never mistakes activity for achievement. Results is the name of the game.
"Failure is never fatal. But failure to change can and might be."
⁃ I am a person who understands that failure to change can be fatal if one is going on a downward spiral.
"Be prepared and be honest."
⁃ I am a person who is prepared.
⁃ I am a person who is honest.
“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
⁃ I am a doer who is willing to make mistakes if it will help me to get the job done.
“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
⁃ I don’t let praise or criticism get to me. I don’t allow my self to get caught up in either one.
“Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”
⁃ I am always trying to be the best I can be. I know that is in my power.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
⁃ I do not spend any time worrying about things I cannot do.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
⁃ I make the best of the hands I am dealt.
“You can do more good by being good than any other way.”
⁃ I am a good man. That is important to me.
"The best competition I have is against myself to become better."
⁃ I compete against myself to become better.
The above John Wooden quotes are rich in wisdom. And they are not theory. Coach Wooden practiced what he preached. He is a great role model for kids...and the rest of us.
Here is a podcast where Coach Wooden was interviewed by Tony Robbins:
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