Here are three more inspirational pieces that you might consider using in your player’s notebooks:
I Am a Winner
by William Arthur Ward
. . . because I think like a winner, prepare like a winner, and perform like a winner.
. . . because I set high, but attainable goals, work toward those goals with determination and persistence, and never stop until I reach them.
. . . because I am strong enough to say “No!” to those things that would make me less than my best, and to say “Yes!” to the challenges and opportunities that will make me grow and improve my life.
. . . because total commitment is my constant companion, and personal integrity is my lifetime mentor.
. . . because I am learning to avoid the tempting shortcuts that can lead to disappointment, and the unhealthy habits that could result in defeat.
….. because I have a well-earned confidence in myself, a high regard for my teammates and coworkers, and a healthy respect for those in authority over me.
. . . because I have learned to accept criticism, not as a threat, but as an opportunity to examine my attitudes and to improve my skills.
. . . because I persevere in the mist of obstacles and fight on in the face of defeat.
. . . because I am made in the image and likeness of my Creator, who gave me a burning desire, a measure of talent, and a strong faith to attempt the difficult and to overcome the seemingly impossible.
. . . because of my enthusiasm for life, my enjoyment of the present, and my trust in the future.
By Frank Outlaw
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
By Edgar A. Guest
Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say, “I can.”
Look them over, the wise and great
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes.
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will.
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know.
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad.
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: “I can.”
Wooden–a Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court
This is one of my favorite coaching books. It is filled cover to cover with inspiration and philosophy from Coach Wooden and includes some of his favorite quotes at the end. Click on the cover at the left to see some samples.
Click the cover to read a segment of the book!