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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?

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?

Solving problems is key to success

Learning how to solve problems will help make you successful

To solve problems, empower yourself with these questions…

What is good or great about what just happened?

What can I learn from this?

How have other people responded to this particular situation or result?

What specific changes do I have to make to avoid having this happen to me again and to reach my goals?

When you experience a problem, ask yourself these questions.  If you develop the habit of consistently and passionately asking yourself these four questions EVERY time a problem arises, you’ll find that the answers and solutions will appear.

Thought for the day– “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”  Albert Einstein

Ask Questions EVERY Day!

Ask questions every day!

When something good or bad happens, you can learn from the experience if you ask yourself the following four questions…

  • What is good or great about what just happened?
  • What can I learn from this?
  • How have other people responded to this particular situation or result?
  • How can I use this experience to improve my life and reach my goals?

The key to active success is to use these four questions every time something important (good or bad) happens in your life.  Turn this into a habit and over time, you’ll start to see amazing results.

Thought for the day–  You can never ask a stupid question.  But since there are so many questions to choose from, be smart and ask the right questions that work!

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Read more about how questions can be used to achieve success and happiness by visiting our Questions Catagory.  For proven and effective “problem solving” questions click here…

Do you have any additional questions you believe should be included in this list?  If so, share your comments or contact us with your feedback…

"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!

Persistence and dedication- ActiveSuccess.com

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing"

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Many people believe he was one of the greatest leaders in American history.

One of the main reasons Lincoln was able to achieve his goals (and probably his dreams) was that on a daily basis, he made a focused effort to do what needed to be done to achieve his short and long-term goals. In his mind, there was no such thing as failure, only undesirable results. Bottom line, Lincoln never gave up!

What most people are not aware of is the fact that Lincoln…

Failed in business at age 21.
Was defeated in a legislative race at age 22.
Failed again in business at age 24.
Overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26.
Had a nervous breakdown at age 27.
Lost a congressional race at age 34.
Lost a congressional race at age 36.
Lost a senatorial race at age 45.
Failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47.
Lost a senatorial race at age 47.
Was elected PRESIDENT of the US at age 52!

While many people might give up after one or two “failures”, Lincoln learned from his mistakes and pushed forward to the next day. How would you react to these outcomes? If you were in Lincoln’s shoes and failed in business and lost an election at 21 and 22, would you stay focused and continue to work towards achieving your goals for the next 30 years?

One of the main lessons to learn from all of the “challenges” that Lincoln faced during his lifetime is that in order to reach your goals and be successful, you must NEVER GIVE UP!

Thought for the day– You don’t have to fail and become President in order to be successful in life!