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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.
 

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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?

ruth_babe

Always swing away at life!

Almost everyone knows that Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs.  Most people do not know that he struck out more than thirteen hundred times.

Thought for the day– Never be afraid to swing for the fence. People will remember all your successes and forget all your failures!

Persistence- Man climbs rock

Be persistent- Never give up!

In his book entitled, “Wins, Losses, and Lessons”, famous football coach Lou Holtz wrote about persistence. I’ll share his thoughts with you…

“Persistence is, in my mind, the quality that is most critical to success and happiness. Nothing takes the place of persistence. Talent won’t as nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won’t do it; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence along is omnipotent.”

Thought for the day– If nothing else, be persistent in your efforts.

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!”

"The harder I practice, the luckier I get!"

"The harder I practice the luckier I get"

Gary Player was once one of the top golfers in the world. Player’s famous quote, “The harder I practice the luckier I get” really does say it all. Or does it?

The key to success isn’t simply to practice. Many golfers hit a bucket of golf balls on the driving range each week without ever seeing any improvement in their game on the course.

To truly succeed you need to “deliberately practice”. For example, rather than simply swinging away at the driving range, you must set a goal of hitting your ball with a five-iron so that it lands 15 feet from the pin 90% of the time. Taking 200-300 swings, you need to monitor your results, make adjustments in your stance, grip and swing, and repeat during each daily practice session until you reach your specific goal. That’s what is known as “deliberate practice.”

It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to become successful in sport or in your USANA business, “deliberate practice” is the name of the game!

Thought for the day– Each and every day, get up and deliberately swing away at life!

"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Alva Edison

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results"

The first time Edison tried to create the light bulb, he failed. After making several changes, he tried again and failed. What made Edison different from most people is that he kept at it and after about 998 more attempts, he successfully created the very first light bulb. Edison’s persistence, drive, and determination changed our world forever.

Successful people never give up. They take focused action to see what works (or what doesn’t work) and then based upon the results, they make changes and try again. Over time, these people get successful results.

When asked about his unsuccessful inventions, Edison replied, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thought for the day– There is no substitute for hard work. Just like Edison, the harder you work, the more successful you get!