Championships are built daily, not in one workout.
Several years ago, our coaching staff chose the phrase “Champions Today” for our program’s motto.
Throughout the year, people would ask what exactly “Champions Today” meant. Some figured we were placing an added emphasis on winning, while others thought it had something to do with the pursuit of a championship.
In actuality, the phrase meant neither of those things.
Really, what we were trying to convey to the players is a mindset we believed they needed to have in order to be successful, not just in basketball but also in life.
When we say “Champions Today,” what we mean is developing habits – habits that are common characteristics of most champions. Habits like…
- putting in work in the offseason
- eating right
- getting enough sleep
- giving max effort in practice
…and doing those things every day!
The great UCLA coach, John Wooden, once said, “Little things make big things happen.”
Those little things done consistently become habits. And that’s what we mean by “Champions Today.” Behaving like a champion each day.
A lot of times in life, and especially in basketball, there are factors out of our control – an injury, an opponent’s play, a referee’s call. We can’t control those things. So, a win or a championship might be a goal, but those things aren’t our primary focus. It’s not what we focus on each day. The habits of the little things are what matter most. The winning will take care of itself. Our main goal: being “champions today.”