What the Golden State Warriors Can Teach Us About Personal Growth
Yes, another basketball related post. But hang in there! I swear I’ll make it relatable 🙂
Today is the start of the 2015 NBA Finals and my beloved Golden State Warriors are finally playing in it! It’s been a long 40 years since the last time we’ve been to the Finals, and us Bay Area fans are absolutely stoked!
It’s obvious that I’m a Warriors fan because I’m from the Bay Area. But even if I was from somewhere else, I can’t help but look at the Warriors and really want to root for them. They’re the underdogs in the series, going up against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavs.
Not only are they the underdogs, the Warriors players and even the entire organization really demonstrate a lot of qualities that are role-model worthy. One quality in particular is how the Warriors organization handled growth these past few years.
For all you Warriors fans out there, it all started with the Ellis-Bogut Trade.
Way back in 2012, the Warriors traded Monta Ellis, at the time our star guard, to the Milwuakee Bucks for Andrew Bogut, an injured center. (There were other players involved, but this was the meat of the trade.)
Even if you don’t know much about basketball, this trade just doesn’t sound right. Why trade one of our top performing players for another player who can’t even be on the court right now because of his injuries?
The night after the trade, Joe Lacob, the owner of the Warriors, went on court to present Chris Mullin with an award and he was met with overwhelming boos from the crowd. From Warriors fans themselves!
But Lacob knew what he was doing. Turns out Monta Ellis, although a great player, just wasn’t going to take us to the playoffs with his inconsistency. And even though Andrew Bogut was injured, he would end up playing a crucial part in our team today.
Fast forward three years later. Lacob, along with the rest of the Warriors organization, has built a powerful, cohesive team around our no-longer-injured center in Andrew Bogut that has reached the furthest we’ve been in forty years.
The boos from the fans have been eliminated, the doubts are being silenced, and we are well on our way to a championship! *knocks on wood*
So, what does this have to do with you and your personal growth?
Stop Caring What Other People Think of You
People tend to think that their opinion really matters, so they’ll always have something to say about you. Whether you’re doing great or whether you’re struggling, there will be people talking smack no matter what.
Just like how the Warriors’ fans booed Lacob for the decision that he made, your critics may even be close to you. Family, friends, even acquaintances will have something to say. Be careful with what you actually listen to, though.
If people are throwing empty criticisms at you, if they are essentially “booing” you, stop listening and keep working. Doubts alone are similar to “boos” in that they are both completely empty of any constructive change or advice. It’s easy to “boo”, but it’s much harder to actually express where doubt is coming from and how to get passed it.
Silence the haters, y’all. Their voices have nothing to do with your personal growth.
Build Slowly, but Surely
For the Warriors, the trade was instant, but we didn’t see real, productive change right away. We worked through it season after season, with carefully thought out changes and adjustments.
Are you working on your finances? Make it a habit to check your bank accounts each and every day. This helps you become more mindful of where you stand with your money and will guide your purchasing decisions.
Are you working on your health? Make sure you are drinking tons of water and getting a little bit of exercise in everyday. You may not see change immediately, but when you make health a habit, that’s when the change really begins.
Whatever you are working on, whether it’s your finances or your health, you need to realize that one sudden move won’t change it all overnight. It won’t be perfect – personal growth rarely ever is. But when you make consistent actions every day toward your goal, you will get there. It will seem slow, but I assure you that day to day actions, no matter how small they are by themselves, will surely build toward your goal and it will get you there.
The Trade was a perfect example of how the Warriors gracefully dealt with difficult, yet necessary growth. The boos are long gone and the work that is being put in has been rewarded. Even if we don’t win the championship this year *knocks on wood again*, the Warriors team and organization are still great role models for how we should handle our own personal growth.
Which one do you struggle with the most – silencing empty doubts or taking consistent actions daily?