Tuesday, March 16, 2010

PERSONAL STRENGTH - More Wisdom from Sports Heroes

I recently rebuked the stereotype that athletes are "dumb jocks" by posting a collection of quotes from sports heroes of the past - and I only got through the A's and B's in my collection! It turns out that sports is a microcosm of life and players on of the fields of friendly strife can teach all of us some things about personal strength.

For all you sports fans who are engaged with March Madness, baseball spring training, hockey playoffs, NASCAR and the upcoming Masters, here's more wisdom from the wizards of the playing fields.

On Effort:  “Good things come to those who work.” - Wilt Chamberlain, basketball

On VISION:   “Everything starts with yourself - with you making up your mind about what you're going to do with your life.” - Tony Dorsett, football

On AWARENESS:  "Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far." - Chris Evert, tennis

On PROACTIVITY:   “I don’t ever look back. I look forward.” - Steffi Graf, tennis

On INITIATIVE: “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you never take.” - Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey

On GRATITUDE:   “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” - Ben Hogan, golf

On CHARACTER:   “Success is not measured by heights attained but by obstacles overcome. We're going to pass through many obstacles in our lives: good days, bad days. But the successful person will overcome those obstacles and constantly move forward.” - Bruce Jenner, track and field

Do you like knowing what "jocks" had to say? If so, leave a comment. I have more.... 
 Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., , Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength .


Ryan said...

Yes! I'm a big basketball fan so I can appreciate what Wilt and the other icons have to say.

No matter how talented these athletes are it's how they thought which made them the elite in their sport. Hundreds of can't miss prospects do miss. It's usually because they lack the inner drive to make it to the top.

navin said...

Very inspiring.

Johannes said...

Hi Denny,

You may enjoy this podcast from our local talk radio:

Dr Helgo Schomer on mental challenges

Dr Schomer talks about how to prepare mentally for big challenges like running the Comrades. He calls it ‘Marathon Mind’.

itunes podcast link: itpc://www.702.co.za/podcast/podcast_bestofredi.asp

The Comrades Marathon is the world's oldest and largest ultramarathon run over a distance of approximately 90 km (55.9 mi) between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban. The direction of the race alternates each year between the up run starting from Durban and the down run starting from Pietermaritzburg.

radio website: Talk Radio 702 - The Best Of Redi Direko


Unknown said...

I especially like the one on character. Very inspiring and empowering.