March Madness: Are You Committed to Being a Champion?

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OK folks, it’s March and we’re a mere 60 days into the New Year. Are you taking it strong to the hoop on your way to winning your own version of the national championship? Or are you experiencing a different kind of “March madness,” fizzling out on your New Year’s resolutions? 

John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who knew a thing or two about winning, is credited with this bit of wisdom: Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

If you want to break down the game film of your “best life,” it’s simply a series of choices you make. Committing to do your best from morning to night makes a successful day. Put together seven of these days and you’ve got a successful week.  Four of those and it’s a successful month; multiply by 12 and you’ve got a great year; string those together and wow, what a life!

If you’re convinced you’re in the right profession but just seem to flounder year after year, here are five daily succession skills you can choose to commit to. Perhaps you’ve heard these before but said to yourself, “Nah, I don’t need that kind of motivational mumbo-jumbo.”

Mission Statement

Per Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, create “a statement of chief definite aim” in writing, then commit it to memory and recite it aloud daily.


Forget Stuart Smalley—begin your morning by telling yourself you are smart enough, good enough and worthy of giving your very best.

Goal Review

You’ve set goals based on your mission statement, now create a list of specific, measurable quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily behaviors to fulfill it.


Time management is based on your goals. Schedule your daily activities in an efficient manner so you will be effective in their execution.


Spend five to 10 minutes picturing the successful achievement of your goals. Great athletes continually see themselves holding the championship trophy; if it’s good enough for them … .

My clients (typically people who are already doing well and want to do even better) are required to do these five disciplines daily as part of my coaching program.  In case you’re wondering, yes, I do this myself every morning, including weekends. It may seem like a lot to take on. Can you commit the 15 to 20 minutes a day to practice these success skills, or are you happy with where you’re at?

The ultimate winner of the NCAA tournament will be this year’s national champions.  All of the players made the commitment to work on their game every day so they could triumph amid March Madness … will you?

Jim Rohrbach
Success Skills Coach
Lincolnwood, Ill.

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