By Jim Langley
當我們分析伍登成功模式的原則，我們可以看到在團隊建造時，每塊積木互相幫補。我最喜愛的書籍之一就是由伍登教練與傑依•卡提（Jay Carty）合著的《一對一教練》(Coach Wooden One-on-One)。這些年來，這本書不僅是我靈修的來源，也是對這位成功者一生的精彩回顧。透過他與合著者傑依•卡提的對話，讓我能深入地了解他。
你自己對成功如何定義？是否與打拼競爭有關、在職場上攀登更高的階層、或賺更多錢？請解釋你的答案。 伍登教練說：「成功是你已盡了你的全力做到最好時，心裡得到的滿足和平安。」你對他的觀點有何看法？ 成功（以及平安）與你和上帝的關係有何關聯？你是否同意這個結論？為什麼？ 你是否曾經透過與上帝的關係，特別是透過那每天忍受挑戰和困難的耶穌基督，經歷到平安？若有，請解釋那是怎樣的感受。
THE LINK BETWEEN PEACE AND TRUE SUCCESS
By Jim Langley
The late John Wooden became a man whose name was synonymous with success. With 10 national collegiate men”s basketball championships during his career, it is easy to see why his” Pyramid of Success” served as a foundational teaching tool not only in sports, but also in business.
If we look at the tenets that make up Wooden”s model for success, we can see each of the building blocks working to complement each other in team building. One of my favorite books was written by coach Wooden with Jay Carty, Coach Wooden One-on-One. Over the years, for me it became more than a devotional resource. It also became a wonderful reflection of a man I never met, yet I came to know him very well through his conversations with co-author Jay Carty.
Success is an elusive topic; what it really represents means something different to each of us. Here is a brief look at success through Wooden”s eyes:
He stated, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” Interestingly, his quote makes no mention of winning, gaining wealth or fame, attaining honors, or finishing with more wins than losses. He also places no time constraints on achieving success. This is because Coach Wooden considered success to be a lifelong process.
In the Bible we find a similar perspective on success. Israel”s King David was not perfect, but it says he was a man after God”s own heart. At the end of his reign, David instructed Solomon, who would be succeeding him and building the temple for God. In 1 Chronicles 22:13, David told his son, “Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
Peace has nothing to do with wealth, status or anything tangible. It is that intangible assurance that allows us to know we are pleasing to our God and that He will one day tell us. “Welcome home, My good and faithful servant!” Here are a few things the Bible tells us about peace:
Peace is unwavering. External circumstances cannot disrupt the inner peace we can enjoy when we place our faith and confidence in God. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Peace is a product of prayer. Why do we not experience peace in our lives? Maybe it is because we do not ask God for it. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Peace is promised. Cultivating a relationship with Jesus in both our personal and professional life offers peace the world around us knows nothing about. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
© 2016, all rights reserved. Jim Langley has been an agent and chartered life underwriter (CLU) with New York Life since 1983 and an active member of CBMC of Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A. since 1987. Adapted from one of his “Fourth Quarter Strategies.” His website is: www.fourthquarterstrategies.com
What would be your own definition of success? Does it involve beating the competition, advancing up the ranks professionally, or making more money? Explain your answer. In his quote, Coach John Wooden spoke of success in terms of peace of mind and being satisfied with having done your best. What is your reaction to that point of view? What have success – and peace – to do with a relationship with God? Do you agree with this conclusion? Why or why not? Have you experienced peace through a relationship with God, specifically through Jesus Christ, one that endures despite the challenges and problems of every day? If so, explain what that is like for you.
NOTE: If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following passages: Genesis 39:23; 1 Samuel 18:14; 1 Chronicles 22:11-13; Ecclesiastes 10:10; Joshua 1:6-9