Daily quote and Reflection: Ironic Experience on Mental Toughness and Discipline

Quote: “It has always been my thought that the most important single ingredient to success in athletics or life is  DISCIPLINE. I have many times felt that this word is the most ill-defined in all of our language. My definition of the word is as follows:   1. Do what has to be done; 2. When it has to be done;  3. As well as it can be done; and  4.Do it that way all the time.” Bobby Knight, Indiana University Basketball Coach

Reflection: This is one of the most ironic quotes I have seen from a coach who has time and time again shown the lack of discipline at practice and in some tense game situations. For example, throwing chairs across the BB floor in disagreement to refs call. I can remember visiting coach Knight for one of his practices at Indiana University and observing first handed his ruthless and at times harsh treatment of some his players. So it just goes to show how difficult it is to get our values and beliefs aligned with our actions. It also shows another important make-up of most people–we are not the best judges of our own weaknesses and impact of our actions on others perception of us. And to be fair to Coach Knight after practice he took our visiting Blue Ribbon Committee on athletic and recreation facilities out to dinner and couldn’t have been a more pleasant gentleman. He was engaging and interesting. A good host.   Oh, well we all have our blind spots and demons and maybe what I observed was his unorthodox way of making his players tough.


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