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“SNIOP” Suggested Negative Influence of Other People John Wooden was one of the most successful coaches in terms of taking advantage of the SNIOP principle —both avoiding it and utilizing it with his players. Great coaches repeatedly teach their athletes to play their own game and not let the opposition force them into playing their game. Under Coach Wooden, UCLA won ten national collegiate basketball championships in twelve years—seven in a row. No other major college basketball coach has achieved such success. Another example of overcoming the SNIOP principle happened on May 6, 1954, when Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old British medical student, broke the 4-minute mile. His best previous time for the mile was 4:06. His record time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. The following month, Australian John Landy bettered Bannister’s record by running the mile in 3:57.9. In 1973, at a track meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, eight runners ran the mile in less than four minutes! Remove SNIOP and anything is possible. We all are affected by negative thinking of other people. One pessimist can knock the wind out of the sails of a committee of positive people. Here are some of my favorite SNIOPs: “I’ve tried that before and it doesn’t work.” “There is no way you can accomplish that.” “That’s not the way we do things here.” “We never did it that way before.” “You will never get in the door.” “You are to inexperienced.” “There’s not enough time.” “That idea will not work.” “Are you kidding?” “Get real.” Who are the SNIOP people in your personal and professional life? How many times have they knocked the wind out of your “sales”? Let their negative influence end today. Determine in your mind and heart that you will not be influenced by a SNIOP again! With the support of the positive people in your life, you will succeed!”

The Magic Of Believing I’m not old enough to play baseball or football. I’m not eight yet. My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren’t going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation. I told Mom I wouldn’t need to run that fast. When I play baseball I’ll just hit them out of the park. Then I’ll be able to walk.

Be Remarkable! Frank

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