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Beating the Odds

Daily Impossible

With March Madness just around the corner, no discussion of doing the impossible can leave out John Wooden.

Known as the Wizard of Westwood, Wooden coached UCLA to an inconceivable 10 NCAA men’s basketball titles, eight of them in a row. If you’re looking for an expert on the impossible, Wooden would be it.

Wooden, who considered himself a teacher, would preach, “Make each day a masterpiece.”

Today marks Day 15 of a 17-day multi-media seminar on “How to Do the Impossible.” Dr. Rob Gilbert presents his daily inspiration on his Success Hotline at (973) 743-4690. I’m blogging here at TotalGamePlan.

No matter what version of the impossible you’re aiming for, Wooden’s advice makes sense. No real accomplishment comes without lots of day-to-day work.

“One can make a day of any size,” said naturalist John Muir, “and regulate the rising and setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining.”

Unfortunately, taking things day-by-day requires discipline at this time of the year. Winter can make you count down the days to spring.

“I’ll tell you what I do in the winter,” said baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby. “I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

You can’t afford that if you want to do the impossible. Today is all you have.

“Don’t count the days,” says motivational speaker Ed Agresta. “Make the days count.”

Wooden did that as well as anyone. His teams practiced only 90 minutes per day, but those practices were packed with learning and improvement.

“Never,” he said, “mistake activity for achievement.”

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