CONDITION.jpg"In the third tier, I put what I think is the heart of the Pyramid. It may seem to apply to athletics alone, but it doesn't. The personal characteristics in the third tier apply equally to individuals and teams everywhere." ~John Wooden

"Some believed my players were simply in better physical condition than the competition. They may have been, but they also had tremendous mental and emotional conditioning. You must identify your conditioning requirements and then attain them. Without proper conditioning in all areas, you will fall short of your potential. It is impossible to attain and maintain desirable physical condition without first achieving mental and moral condition."
~ John Wooden

Rest, diet, exercise must be considered. Moderation must be practiced. Sure, that's important. It's important to run, do crunches and push-ups, run eight-count drills, and give 100% every practice and 110% every game.

But it's also important to be balanced and well-rounded and self-disciplined. I think Coach Wooden would agree, that means conditioning your whole person, mind, body and spirit.

You must PRACTICE self-control, alertness, risk-taking, goal-setting, cooperating, being loyal, being a friend, working and being enthusiastic. It takes work and it takes practice.

Think of the new school year as a second New Year's holiday. If you haven't set any New Year's resolutions yet, I challenge you to resolve to exercise your mind, body and spirit.

1) Read something at least three times a week- no? okay, how about sudoku or crossword puzzle 3x a week?

2) Walk/Run/or Exercise at least 20 minutes at least three times a week

and
3) pray/meditate/worship/or serve at least three times a week

"Some believed my players were simply in better physical conditioning than the competition. They may have been, but they also had tremendous mental and emotional conditioning... It is impossible to attain and maintain desirable physical conditioning without first achieving mental and moral conditioning." ~Coach John Wooden.

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