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johnwoodenJohn Wooden was one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time.  During his 12 years of coaching at UCLA, he won 10 national championships.

Wooden’s relationship with his players was far greater than just a coach.  He taught his players valuable life tools to help them not only become good basketball players, but to also become men.  I believe everyone in USANA should learn, and practice, Wooden’s Two Sets of Threes.

In his book entitled, “Wooden, A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court,” Coach Wooden shares what his father called his “two sets of threes.”  The first set is about honesty…

  • Never lie
  • Never cheat
  • Never steal

The second set of threes was about dealing with adversity:

  • Don’t whine
  • Don’t complain
  • Don’t make excuses

According to Wooden, his dad’s two sets of threes served as a compass for trying to do the right thing and behaving in a proper manner.

Thought for the day– Are you doing all you can to be successful in USANA?

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good negotiationsTo many times during a conversation or negotiation I see one party disrespects another.  Nothing gets accomplished because feelings are hurt and pride overtakes common sense and good judgment.  Sometimes this can happen when you are discussing or presenting USANA to a new prospect who just is not getting it.

The best communicators (and USANA Associates) always separate the people from the problem.  While you can and should be passionate about your position, at the same you can and should treat the other person with with respect and dignity.

Thought for the day–  Treat people like you would like to be treated.

What are you thinking about right now?

One of my favorite aphorisms goes like this. I believe every USANA Associate should remember this aphorism on a daily basis…

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Thought for the day– We are what we think and do.
 

mother_teresa

Do it anyway...

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa


Thought for the day–  Remember Mother Teresa’s words.  What would she do in your situation?

barack_obamaBarack Obama was raised by a single mother and his grandparents.  They didn’t have much money, but they taught him values from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.

He took out loans to put himself through school.  After college, he worked for Christian churches in Chicago, helping communities devastated when steel plants closed.

Obama turned down lucrative job offers after law school to return to Chicago, leading a successful voter registration drive.  He joined a small law firm, taught constitutional law and, guided by his Christian faith, stayed active in his community.  Obama and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Regardless of your political affiliation, this is probably one the greatest speeches of all time…

 

Thought for the day–  “Yes We Can!”

Character

Pay attention to character each and every day

I always tell my children that character is what you say and do when no one else is watching you.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes about success and character…

“There is a natural alliance between the creation of wealth and the cultivation of character.  Economic success is built on moral foundations– on the rule of law, faith, discipline, contracts, savings, integrity, a work ethic.  Sound families that elevate these beliefs are the source of much of our culture’s strength and future.”   Jack Kemp

Thought for the day– What do you think, say and do when you’re alone?