Monday, January 17, 2011

John Wooden on Managing Your Emotions

John Wooden wasn’t just an exceptional basketball coach. He helped young men become successful human beings for life. In this video I share his wise words about what happens when you don’t manage your emotions and then suggest some ways to control them. If you’ve ever lashed out at someone when you’re upset or become unglued when things didn’t go your way, I hope you’ll pick up some tips you can use in future situations.

Who or what causes you to lose your cool? How can you apply these words from Coach Wooden to ensure that you think through potential consequences in challenging situations?

If this topic resonates with you, check out this post from Denny Coates, “Tip Clip #6 – How to Develop Mental Toughness.”
“It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.” - Baltasar Gracián, Spanish philosopher
“The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.” - Aristotle, Greek philosopher
“Every stroke our fury strikes is sure to hit ourselves at last.” – William Penn, British colonizer


  1. If you're an adult with a normal brain, you have the capability to control your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions. And yet many people behave as if this were not so. Your video reminds us that we need to try. And hopefully, to make a habit of managing the way we express our emotions. For our own sake, and for the sake of the people we care about.

  2. What you say is so true, Denny. It goes back to people taking responsibility for their words and actions...


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