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Peace of Mind

I try to have peace of mind. If you have that, you are a mental millionaire. It doesn’t cost anything.
Chi Chi Rodriguez

Success is being able to come home, lay your head on the pillow and sleep in peace.
Hershel Walker

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict.

Did I find peace of mind by winning a national championship in basketball in 1964? Then a second, a third, a fourth, and so on? No. I had my peace of mind as a coach long before a national championship was ever won.
John Wooden


The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.
James Garfield

Never for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience and convictions.
Dag Hammarskjöld

People of strong convictions are winners.
Bill Johnson

The surest way not to become tired is to lose yourself in something in which you have a profound conviction. You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind.
Norman Vincent Peale

Leadership implies movement toward something, and convictions provide that direction. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
Don Shula

The Importance of Work

No one will outwork me.
Woody Hayes

All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired.
Brendan Foster

I’d rather have a self-made player than a natural-made player. I’d rather have a guy with less talent who works than one with more talent who doesn’t.
Bum Phillips

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Jerry West

Winners vaccinate themselves against self-satisfaction by remembering that some rival is always planning smarter and working harder to overtake and unseat a winner.
Pat Riley

Overcome Difficulties

In life, one goes through all types of adversity. Daddy taught us that we’re going to succeed some days and we’re going to fail some days and that’s how life is. Success is being able to overcome adversity.
Martin Luther King III

Measure the size of obstacles against the size of God.
Beth Moore

It’s not so much what you accomplish in life that really matters, but what you overcome that proves who you are, what you are and whether you are a champion.
Johnny Miller

A wise man doesn’t concern himself with things he can’t control.
Calvin Peete

Although Dad suffered terrible setbacks and sorrows – deaths of two daughters, loss of his beloved farm, financial hardships during the Great Depression – he never complained, criticized or compared himself to others who were better off. Through it all he made the best of what he had and was thankful for it.
John Wooden

Keep Learning

Winners listen to other people. They’re always trying to learn; they respect other people’s opinions. Losers just want to talk.
Doug Sanders

Always keep learning. It keeps you young.
Patty Berg

As long as you’re learning, your brain keeps growing. Your body may be aging but your ability to stay young depends upon your mind’s capacity for continuous learning.
Robert Dedman

Learning is a lifelong occupation.
Jewish Proverb

Keep learning about the world. Use your mind to the hilt. Life passes quickly and, towards the end, gathers speed like a freight train running downhill. The more you know, the more you enrich yourself and others.
Susan Trott

It’s the Little Things

He who can take no interest in what is small, will take false interest in what is great.
John Ruskin

The kind of service which seems most commonplace among men is often the most precious unto God.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The test of my calling is not how well I do before the public on Sunday; it’s how carefully I cover the bases Monday through Saturday when there’s nobody to check up on me, when nobody is looking.
Charles Swindoll

Think of winning as a puzzle. To achieve a “big” goal, assemble a large number of little accomplishments and make them fit perfectly together.
Joe Torre

We must not drift away from the humble works, because these are the works nobody will do. They are never too small. We are so small we look at things in a small way. Even if we do a small thing for somebody, God, being almighty, sees everything as great. For there are many people who can do big things. But there are very few people who will do the small things.
Mother Teresa


Preparation is everything. Noah did not start building the ark when it was raining.
Warren Buffett

To be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes

Success in not a matter of just wanting to win. It’s a matter of preparing to win – which is much more important.
Mike Krzyzewski

Do your homework. Your competitor is.
Rick Pitino

You know where you’d like to go, whether it’s to a national championship in basketball or a particular goal in your business or life. You must also realize that this goal will be simply a by-product of all the hard work and good thinking you do along the way – your preparation. The preparation is where success is truly found.
John Wooden