Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

My favorite coach of all time, John Wooden, once said: “Make each day your masterpiece."

To me, Wooden was more of a life coach than a sports coach, even though he was the most successful coach in college history in any sport. His lessons applied to all parts of life, not just the sport he coached.

As a coach, Wooden valued and emphasized small incremental improvements each day. It was his way of helping create a "masterpiece team."                                                                                 

Each day, Wooden's small incremental approach to coaching created the all-time Mona Lisa of basketball teams. His teams were  the picture of exquisite beauty and power because of his incredible attention to daily details.                                           

Wooden also focused on helping his team doing things right the first time as part of his detailed approach. Wooden said: "If you don't have the time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" Sage advice.

I think about the person in our programs who starts walking, then jogging a little more each day. Each day the person gets a little better by completing a manageable workout with a small increase each day. Using the painting analogy, the runner does not try to paint their running masterpiece all in one day.                 

The runner paints a small piece of the canvass well before they paint the next section of their masterpiece.  They don't move don't move to the next level until they have mastered the activity of today. Many champions in our programs started their journey exactly this way.

By taking small achievable steps and getting a little better each day, you become the best version of yourself over time. Success comes by doing a little today well, not  skipping today and trying to work twice as as hard tomorrow to make up for what was lost.

Small improvements each day is how you paint your athletic masterpiece to help you finish the race strong.

Let me say all of this another way. Wooden was very clear and direct and about this next point. He would constantly say that if you miss a practice or slack in practice, you can’t make up for it by working twice as hard tomorrow.                                                     

I've never seen anyone reach their potential by taking the "I will miss today but work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for my loss today approach either". 

You create your best athletic masterpiece by being consistent day by day. One slight improvement each day contributes to the masterpiece you paint over time. 

As the saying goes: "By an inch, it’s a cinch." Just make sure you are consistent in moving forward by an inch each day.

Be the best version of yourself today, just a little bit better than yesterday.  Paint your own life Mona Lisa, starting today and build slowly from there. No one could ask for anything more. 

You are champions.


Coach Weber

Philippians 4:13

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