Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
- John Wooden, called the "Wizard of Westwood," he was a legendary basketball coach at UCLA, where they won 10 NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row. (1910-2010)
I had the good fortune of growing up and playing for coaches that were recognized as being among the very best in their sport. When I think about what made them consistently successful over many years, it was their ability to get 100% effort out of the athletes that they coached. It wasn't optional, as an athlete, you rose to their expectations or you did not play. The result of those expectations was consistent outstanding performance and recognition for it.
Parents, teachers, workplace managers and friends can provide similar expectations that encourage us to perform at our very best. It will usually come with less of an emotional charge than from an athletic coach, but the effect can be the same. In the end, we choose how much effort we give something and that determines our performance in anything we do. The more we expect 100% effort from ourselves, the more victories we will experience. - M. J.