John Wooden’s Promises to Himself

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach for the UCLA Bruins was called the Wizard of Westwood. He is the most successful collegiate basketball coach in history winning 10 national championships. Perhaps more importantly, he was recognized by everyone as a leader who understood people and how to get the most out of them while helping them to become great people.

According to his biography, from the age of 12, Coach Wooden carried around his credo for success that included 9 promises by which he tried to live his life:

  1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible.
  2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special that you value.
  3. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best in yourself and others.
  4. Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  5. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  6. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future.
  7. Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.
  8. Promise to give so much time improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  9. Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit trouble to press on you.

During his lifetime, which lasted 99 years, John Wooden stayed true to his beliefs and values and created a loyal following of players, fans and admirers who found his philosophy of life and his success to hold many great keys. Try on a couple of his promises for yourself and see if it brings you a bit of personal satisfaction and happiness.

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