14 Quotes Series: “Inspiration”

Note from Coach O: So far in the 14 Quotes series I have chosen a topic to share related quotes. For this edition of “14 Quotes”, I have chosen 14 quotes to simply inspire you this week! Enjoy…

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“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.”  ~Sidney Howard 

“The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.”  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”  ~Zig Ziglar 

“The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.”  ~Author Unknown
 
“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”  ~Anthony Robbins
“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.”  ~Kevin Smith
 
 “The impossible is often the untried.”  ~Jim Goodwin
“The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”  ~Vance Havner  

“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”  ~Author Unknown
 
 “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.”  ~Jack Penn
 
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”  ~Beverly Sills  

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”  ~David Lloyd George

 “Know your limits, but never stop trying to exceed them.”  ~Author Unknown  

 “Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”  ~George Lucas

BONUS:

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Coach Don Meyer On Discipline

Coach Don Meyer, Head Coach, Northern State University

This is used and adapted from Coach Greg Brown’s blog: http://ucfwbbthoughts.blogspot.com . He is an assistant women’s basketball coach at University of Central Florida. You should check out his blog on a regular basis – it is FULL of awesome nuggets to improve your leadership in sports AND life!!

Thanks, Coach Brown!!

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There’s one truth I know–Where you find success, you find discipline [AND disciplined leaders]. To maintain and sustain success, one’s discipline must continue to grow and develop. [“an undisciplined leader who cannot lead himself can NEVER lead others” – Coach O]

 

  

 Here are more thoughts from Coach Don Meyer on DISCIPLINE:

•   Make the right choice
•   Do the right thing for the right reason.
•   Bad choices destroy discipline.
•   Do the right thing and do it right.
•   Do the next right thing right.
•   Motivation vs Manipulation. Manipulate–making someone else do something for you. Motivation–making someone do something for themselves.
•   When you do the next right thing right, you are as close to perfect as possible.
•   Discipline yourself so others won’t have to.
•   Must be able to trust you with the smallest of things in order to trust you with the largest of things.

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**** Note from Coach O: I don’t know about YOU, but after reading this again – I need to work on some areas of my self-discipline!!!

“Live like a Champion today!!”

The Best Test

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This is from @LSUCoachStarkey’s http://hoopthoughts.blogspot.com He thanks McNeese St. Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach: the following is by Chris Widener but was passed onto me from Sallie Guillory, the assistant women’s basketball coach at McNeese State — thanks Sallie! I THANK COACH STARKEY! YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT HIS BLOG!

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Some time ago, I spoke to a group of salespeople in Kansas City as they kicked off their new team. It was exciting to see them get excited about making a difference through their work.

The topic they assigned me was “Simply the Best.” So as I prepared, I asked myself, “What characteristics would help someone pass the “Best” test?” That is, what are the characteristics of those who become the “best” at what they do? Here are the thoughts I shared with them:

The Best are Optimists.

 You can’t get to the top if you don’t think that there is a top or if you think you can’t make it. One characteristic of those who reach the peak is that they always believe that things can get better or be done better. This pushes them on to be their best.

The Best have Vision.
They can see ahead of the pack. Their eyes aren’t locked into the here and now. They see the bright future and what things will look like when they reach their destiny. While working hard for today, they live for the future! They do what Stephen Covey calls begin with the end in mind.
 
The Best Relentlessly Pursue Excellence.
The status quo is not for them. They want to be the best and experience the best. And that means giving their best. They go the extra mile so that in everything they do, in everything they say and think, they are striving for excellence.
 
The Best have a Life Long Habit of Personal Growth.
They don’t want to stay at the level they are at. They want to grow in their work, their intellect, their spirituality, their relationships, and in every area of their life. And they discipline themselves to put themselves in situations wherein they grow. Personal growth doesn’t “just happen.” You choose to grow. I always suggest what Zig Ziglar does and that is to enroll in “Automobile University.” Whenever you are driving around, listen to a personal or professional growth tape or CD. Over the long run you will grow. Also, read more. The old saying is true: Leaders are readers. So are those who pass the “Best” test.
 
The Best Understand that They will be Pushed by the Competition – and They Welcome It.
Like the lead runner in the race who has someone on his heels, the best know that the competition is right behind them. They love it though because they know that the competition keeps them from becoming lazy and resting on their laurels. Instead, the competition pushes them to go faster and to achieve more – to remain the best by forging ahead.

The Best have a Quest for Leadership.

Someone has to lead – it may as well be the best! Those who attain it get there because they want to. They want to lead and help make a difference. And they want to be equipped with the skills necessary to lead others on to a better place.

The Best Leave a Legacy.
They aren’t in it just for themselves, though they will surely reap the rewards of being the best. Rather, the build things that last beyond themselves, things that can be enjoyed by others as well.

The Best are Adept at the Two Most Important Pieces of Time and Personal Management: Prioritize and Execute.

Just like weight loss boils down to eat right and exercise, personal management boils down to prioritize and execute. First, prioritize your activities. The important stuff goes on the top. Then, execute: do them. The best have habits and discipline that get them to the top by doing the best things and doing them first.

 The Best Focus on Building Relationships.

Success does not come alone. Everyone who achieves much does it with the help of countless others. How do the Best get others to help them? They treat them right. They embrace them and help them. People become the best because they help other people, and people like them.

 The Best Make No Excuses.

When they fail they admit it and move on. They get back up and do it right the next time. They let their actions speak loader than their words. They stand tall and do the right thing the next time. No excuses, just results.

 The Best Understand that the Good is the Enemy of the Best.

Yes, they could say, “this is good.” But that would mean they have settled for less than the best. Many people think that good is good. Good is not good. Good is the enemy because it keeps us from the best. Choose your side: the good or the best. The Best choose, you guessed it, the Best.

 The Best Dare to Dream.

While others live the mundane and settle into a life they never bargained for, a rut, the Best dream of a better life. And then they take the risks necessary to achieve their dreams. They live by Teddy Roosevelt’s quote: Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs though checkered by failure, then to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilit that knows neither victory nor defeat.

 

Want to be the best at what you do? Take inventory on the above characteristics and then start moving to bring your life in line with the characteristics of the “best.” Then when you get to the top you will know that you have passed the “Best” test.