Happiness Thought for the Day: Do Your Best

 “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

The theme of the blog for the last several days has been success. I often use the terms happiness and success somewhat interchangeably. There are subtle differences but happiness and success are both states of mind that involve peace, belonging, acceptance, and joy.

The most striking part about today’s quote is that it frames an understanding of success that most closely aligns with the state of happiness rather than establishing success as a reaction or result of accomplishment. John Wooden is saying here that success, like happiness, is a state of mind and self assurance and that it comes not from achievement but from self-knowledge and understanding, particularly an understanding that you did your best.

John Wooden is one of College Basketball’s most successful coaches, winning 10 NCAA championships and coaching some of the games biggest names. I wonder how much effort this legendary coach put into results. Do you think he told his players that they could be happy and consider themselves successful if or when they won championships and never before? My guess is he probably told them that success came from giving their greatest effort, from loving themselves and the game and through that love playing and training with passion and ferocity.

Approach your life the same way. When you realize you have the power to be happy right now, and when you understand that happiness will set you up for success, then you will become successful. If you understand that success is in your best effort at being the best version of yourself, not in the results of your effort, then you will be successful.

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