“Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.” ~ John Wooden
“Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time” ~ John Wooden
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”
Whenever I find myself wanting to sleep in, skip a workout, or turn down the intensity… I think of this quote. And it’s this quote that almost always pushes me through. When you’re in competition mode you have to go above and beyond what your competition is doing. It’s the logic of winning. And as far as I know, when I’m sitting there feeling lazy and wanting to quit, my opponent has already finished their workout… PLUS SOME!
I have to step my game up and separate myself from my opponent, because I know that there are days when they feel lazy too… And I’m always gonna bet that they sucked it up and did it anyway. Winning comes down to the daily choices we make. Whoever chooses to put in more quality hours of deliberate practice prior to their performances is gonna have the edge. Because with hours of quality practice comes confidence and precision. And when you’re seeking to perform at your maximal potential, confidence and precision are absolutely key.
Taking a day off simply isn’t an option. Well practiced, confident people are harder to beat than talented, lazy people. Be hard to beat.
“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” ~ Timothy Ferriss
“The combination of creative energies and the need to perform at the highest level to keep up with peers leads to an otherwise unattainable commitment to excellence.” ~ Ken Robinson
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” ~ Pierre de Coubertin (founder of modern Olympic Games)
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov
“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears.” ~ Bobby Jones
“When you know both yourself as well as your competition, you are never in danger. To know yourself and not others, gives you half a chance of winning. Knowing neither yourself or your competition puts you in a position to lose.” ~ Sun-Tzu
“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” ~ Walt Disney
“It’s easy to cheat yourself and do just enough to get by, but that’s what everybody can do, just enough to get by. But those who want to be successful and maintain that level of success have got to push a little bit harder and do a little bit more.” ~ Tony Gwynn