Right the first time

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” -John Wooden

John Wooden, a highly successful coach, with many lesson learned, highlighted the fact that if we use time as an excuse for doing it right the first time or saying we don’t have the time to do it right, THEN we most definitely won’t have the time to do it over again – properly.

In a coaching / athletic performance world it is very true and applicable. As coaches we need to encourage / enforce / provide an environment and culture of ‘first time, right time!’ We don’t have time to mess around because every session, every stroke, every stride is part of the larger process of becoming a better athlete and individual. So using time as an excuse to not do it right the first time, should actually be no excuse.

In our coaching world applying the 1-10 rule is very applicable. For every time I do it wrong I need to do it 10x right to correct the wrong.

So too in the Christian walk of faith. Every step, every action, every deed, every prayer, every quiet time, every moment should be done right. Time should not be a factor!

Often in our Christian walk of faith as a ‘Christian’ coaches and athletes we use TIME as an excuse for not doing things right – the first time. You know its early morning and late training sessions, and ‘all’ the other things that take times. Reality though as Coach Wooden said, if we say we don’t have time, we won’t have time to do it over. God gives us a chance to make choices and to make the right ones now, remembering that one day the world as we know it will no longer be and we will have all hopefully made the right choice on earth to have joined the right team, the ETERNAL team of Jesus Christ.

Its time for me and all to evaluate what we using as excuses for not doing things right and ‘hoping’ we will get a chance to do it over.



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