Good things take time, as they should. We should not expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Stay the course. When thwarted try again; harder; smarter. Persevere relentlessly.
We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Passion is momentary; love is enduring.
Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear -- good coaches do not.
It is important for us to see that our mentors are human and therefore fallible; it makes our own shortcomings more tenable.
Mix idealism with realism and add hard work. This will often bring much more than you could ever hope for.
Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You'll be surprised at the results.
If pursuing material things becomes your only goal, you will fail in so many ways. Besides, in time all material things go away.
Reputation is what others perceive you as being, and their opinion may be right or wrong. Character, however, is what you really are, and nobody knows that but you.
My assistants and I often would spend more time planning a practice than the actual practice itself.
Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books -- especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
Don't get discouraged: it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can't teach and you can't motivate, you can't lead.
Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike.
A knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail.
Make each day a masterpiece.
Make each day your masterpiece. Life is now. Life is not later on.
Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others.
The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning.
Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.
If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.
I grew up on a farm. We learned that there was a season to plant, a season to water, and season to harvest. The planting and watering could be laborious, but without those stages, there would never be a harvest.
Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.
There is great joy in doing something for somebody else with no thought in receiving anything in return.
Having the courage to make decisions and take action. Never be afraid to fail. You have nothing to fear if you have prepared to the best of your ability.
I would not tolerate profanity from anyone, anytime. I'd blow the whistle, pull you from the court and put you on the bench and talk to you before I would put you back in.
Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching. You can do so much good -- or harm. It's why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world.
The close games are usually lost, rather than won. What I mean by that is games are mostly won because of the opponent making mistakes during crucial moments.
The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.
I think anyone's success depends on working hard, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, enjoying what you are doing. You can't work your best if you're not enjoying what you are doing. No way you can force yourself to.
When it's over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best you were capable of? If yes, you will probably be ok with the outcome.
Don't be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is failure to act when action is needed. Use the information that you've acquired in the past through the experiences you've had and act with self-control -- but act.
An effective leader allows exceptions to the rule for exceptional results or when circumstance demands.
What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, 'You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don't give, you can't make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can't give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.'
As I grow older, I appreciate things that I didn't appreciate much when I was younger. I am thankful more than I used to be. I've been reasonably healthy, and I feel blessed. And each morning I can think, this is going to be a good day!
Let's face it, we're all imperfect and we're going to fall short on occasion. But we must learn from failure and that will enable us to avoid repeating our mistakes. Through adversity, we learn, grow stronger, and become better people.
Passion is temporary. It doesn't last long. Love is enduring. And that's the important thing. If we all had love in our lives to the degree that we should, it would be much happier.
We can plan a roadtrip or a workday down to the last detail but the unexpected will always arise. If we are not malleable, we will get left behind.
Before success comes patience... when we add to our accomplishments the element of hard work over a long period of time, we'll place a far greater value on the outcome. When we are patient, we'll have a greater appreciation of our success.
When we aren't alert, we miss opportunities to improve ourselves. We should always watch for circumstances or situations that can help or harm us and be eager to learn from these encounters.
I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort.
There are three things an athlete must do. You must be in physical condition ... You must execute properly and quickly the fundamentals ... and you must have eagerness to sacrifice personal interests or glory for the welfare of the team.
Success is a personal matter -- only you as an individual can tell if you did everything within your power to give your best effort.
Motivating through fear may work in the short term to get people to do something, but over the long run I believe personal pride is a much greater motivator. It produces far better results that last for a much longer time.
Confidence -- Poise and confidence are not possible unless you have prepared correctly. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Poise and confidence are a natural result of proper preparation.
Without organization and leadership toward a realistic goal, there is no chance of realizing more than a small percentage of your potential.
The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that is a very big mistake.
Perfection is impossibility but striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can. That is what counts.
It's important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying.
A player who makes a team great is better than a great player.
A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group -- that's teamwork.
In life, worthwhile accomplishments and acquisitions take time. Usually the better the reward, the more time it takes to acquire it.
You must believe in what you're doing, that what you're doing is the proper thing, the right thing. And you must have faith that things will end up as they should, which doesn't mean as you want them to, but things will work out as they should.
Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece.
Be true to yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.
Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.
Winning games, titles and championships isn't all it's cracked up to be, but getting there, the journey, is a lot more than it's cracked up to be.
Opponents are working very hard to defeat us. Let's not do it for them by defeating ourselves from within.
Whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not, the habits you are developing now will be with you for the rest of your life.
There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.
Cooperation -- To get cooperation, you must give cooperation. Always seek to find the best way rather than insisting on your own way.
Our land is everything to us.... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it -- with their lives.
Being true to ourselves doesn't make us people of integrity. Charles Manson was true to himself, and as a result, he rightly is spending the rest of his life in prison. Ultimately, being true to our Creator gives us the purest form of integrity.
Discipline of others isn't punishment. You discipline to help, to improve, to correct, to prevent, not to punish, humiliate, or retaliate.
I believe one of the requirements of good leadership is the ability to listen -- really listen -- to those in your organization. An effective leader is very good at listening, and it's difficult to listen when you are talking.
If you let social activities take precedence over your academic activities, then you will soon lose your basketball activities.
An effective leader develops the ability to correctly identify the pertinent detail or details -- incidentals in a market, industry or sport that might create an incremental advantage.
You cannot antagonize and be a positive influence, and you will antagonize when you discipline through emotion.
I wanted my players to always be searching, especially for truth. I wanted them to know what they believed and be able to defend it. Truth will always stand the test of scrutiny.
It matters not the subject taught, nor all the books on all the shelves, What matters most, yes most of all, is what the teachers are themselves.
Stubborness we deprecate,
Firmness we condone,
The former is our neighbors trait,
The latter is our own.
Decisions are more apt to be accepted when you've listened to suggestions first. I wanted them to see the reason behind what I asked of them, not to do things just because I said so.
Others may have more ability than you, they may be larger, faster, quicker, better jumpers ... but no one should be your superior in respect to team spirit, loyalty, enthusiasm, cooperation, determination, industriousness, fight effort, and character.
We don't have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.
Leaders must have patience for those under your supervision. Don't expect too much too soon. Maybe it was easy for you, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy for somebody else. Be sure you have patience.
People ask me if I'd permit fancy things, like dunks. Well, if they did dunk, it was with no fancy flair. No behind-the-back dribbles or passes unless necessary. If it was for show, you were on the bench.
As a leader, you must be filled with energy and eagerness, joy and love for what you do. If you lack enthusiasm for your job, you cannot perform to the best of your ability. Industriousness is unattainable without Enthusiasm.
You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.
Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player.
Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read.
You can't live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
In my opinion, being an effective leader requires being an effective listener. The most productive leaders are usually those who are consistently willing to listen and learn.
For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.
There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.
A mentor must always guide, never push. It was my job to listen to them, offer my perspective, and encourage them to pursue the ideals they believed to be true.
Give me 100 percent. You can't make up for a poor effort today by giving 110 percent tomorrow. You don't have 110 percent. You only have 100 percent, and that's what I want from you right now.