“I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win
Nor seek to conquer any world
Except the one within.”
– Louisa May Alcott
A quote I believe John Wooden may have liked.
The success he taught was of doing your absolute best. Giving 100%, because you cannot give more than 100%: if you give less, that value is lost forever.
“All that thine hand shall find to do, do it with all thy power: for there is neither work nor invention, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.” Ec 9
As it is always in our power to do our best, it is thus likewise always in our power to reject the sin that fills our hearts.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1Cor 10
Thus every man is given an ironclad choice, and any who chooses to reject their sin will receive God through his cleansing mercy in Christ.