Gary Greeno

Professional Keynote Speaker, Author, Coach, Educator

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Leadership Lesson from Coach Wooden

I was remembering a great leadership lesson I learned from the legendary UCLA coach, John Wooden. I was fortunate many years ago to join about 20 other high school coaches in a private round table session with Coach Wooden on the Bruin campus. 

At the time Dennis Rodman was an NBA star getting much attention because of his antics and demonstrative style.

I asked Coach Wooden, “Coach, how would you handle a player like Dennis Rodman?”

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Mental Toughness Required!

Mental toughness is something often talked about in sports.  If an athlete wants to be successful he must master the mental game as much as the physical game.  The mentally weak may have some success, but it will not last.  Lasting success only comes to those who have a high level of mental toughness.

This is true in sports and in life.

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Life is what you make it.

Life is what you make it.

The quality of your life is not in your circumstances, it’s not a result of how much is in your bank account, and it’s not about how many things you have.

The quality of your life is the quality of your thoughts, attitudes, and actions. This is so important to understand because this means you are in control of your life.

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Navigating Adversity

There are seasons of life when things go well and other times when everything seems to be going against you.  Your attitude in each season is what makes the difference!  Your attitude, and your character are much more important than your circumstances.  With the right mindset, even in the midst of difficulties you can thrive, and not just survive.

Henry Ford said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

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Deserve Success!

Basketball season is in full swing and I have begun another season of practices with my team.  Each year I look at my guys and I have to assess our strengths and weaknesses, and determine  what our scheme for the season will be.  I always ask the question, “Why should we win?”

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Make A Decision!

“Make A Decision!”

What does it mean to make a decision?

The English word decision comes from a Latin word that literally means “to cut off”.  When you make a decision you are cutting off all other possibilities.

How many times have you decided to do something only to go back on it?  Have you ever decided to start exercising, to go on a diet, to go to bed earlier, to get up earlier, to get to work earlier, to be more patient, to spend less money, to save more money, to keep your house more organized?

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You are what you repeatedly do

You are what you repeatedly do.

One of my all time favorite quotes is from Aristotle who said, “You are what you repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit.”

What is it you repeatedly do?  Your actions day in and day out define who you are more than anything else.  It’s not your intentions that determine who you are, but your actual daily habits.  Your habits are what determine your growth and the quality of your life.

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Do you do this with your mistakes?

Mistakes and failures are a part of life.  Albert Einstein said, “The man who never made a mistake never made anything.”

Do you let fear of failing hold you back?  Have you ever made a mistake and just weren’t able to move past it?  Mistakes are proof that you are trying, and trying and failing is much better than never trying in the first place.   

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Change your thinking, change your life.

Change your thinking, change your life.

It’s true you can change your life by changing how you think. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you change the quality of your thoughts, you will eventually change the quality of your life.

Too many people think their circumstances need to change for their life to change.  The truth is, your circumstances are a byproduct of your thinking and your decisions. 

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Need A boost getting things done?

If you’re like me you have times when you are overwhelmed with everything on your plate.  In these moments you need a plan to make sure you are productive and getting ahead, rather than feeling like you are losing ground.

Below are 10 quotes and 3 simple steps to help you win the battle in getting stuff done!

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