“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
The late legendary college basketball coach John Wooden was well known and respected not only for helping lead the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years but also through his encouragement of having his players become winners in life off of the court too through his Pyramid of Success. The “Wizard of Westwood” as he was called, inspired many through the words he spoke and today’s quote and message is no different.
One of the main missions in life as it relates to us becoming more self aware is having the innate ability to recognize how our thoughts influence our behaviors. More specifically it allows us to develop the skill in realizing what our true potential is through the abilities we possess. We use this as our barometer to measure our success in life.
Coach Wooden reminds us that we need to focus on what we should have accomplished with our ability and avoid falling into the trap of measuring ourselves only by what we have accomplished. As we begin to identify our strengths and how they can positively impact others we try and set out goals as to what we would like to accomplish her on earth. When we begin experiencing a certain level and amount of success, like a team who wins multiple championships, we can get into a sort of rut and think that winning championships is what defines true success. And we would be wrong. Coach Wooden never allowed this to happen with his teams as he helped to build a culture within the organization, whose growth mindset led the way by using the team’s combined individual abilities as one to define their level of success and how they were going to measure their accomplishments.
Don’t ever forget your why as to what the purpose of your journey was from the beginning. You want to make sure you utilize and more or less exhaust the abilities you possess in trying to accomplish all the goals and desires you have set forth for yourself. Use that as your driver in life: what you want to accomplish. Yes by all means take the time to celebrate and reflect for a brief amount of time what you have achieved in your life but remember that was never your true intent of why you started on your path: to judge yourself solely on what you have achieved. That sort of thinking is limiting and wouldn’t you rather be limitless? Use what you’d like to accomplish as the fire that will feed your internal flame.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?