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Skills that you can learn from Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors is a National Basketball Association (NBA) team from San Francisco, California.  The Warriors play as part of the Western Conference Pacific Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA).  The Warriors franchise was established in 1946 in Philadelphia and, in 1962, moved to the current San Francisco Bay Area, where they assumed the name of the city until changing their name to Golden State in 1971.  The Chase Center hosts the team’s home games.

The Warriors, sometimes known as the “Dubs” from shortening “W’s,” hold multiple NBA records, including the greatest regular season, most victories in a season, for both regular and postseason, including the best postseason run.  Curry and Thompson are widely regarded as one of the best backcourts in the history of the sport.  Together with the Chicago Bulls, the Warriors are tied for the third most NBA championships and Finals appearances; only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers rival them.

Since the 2017 season, the Warrior’s coach Steve Kerr has taken the team on a value-filled journey where the team’s culture has revolved around four major values: competition, mindfulness, compassion, and joy.  We can employ these skills in our own lives, and just maybe, we may end up on a winning streak just like the Dubs.

Teamwork

It is impossible to achieve our objectives on our own.  Jim Rohn, a personal development guru, observes that every individual is the average of five people they spend their most time with.  The Warriors are dedicated to their goal of being a successful team.  Each player brings their own set of talents and skills to the table, and they work together to maximize their contributions for the team’s overall benefit.  Who makes up your starting lineup?  Make a list of persons who will support you in achieving your goals.

Calling the Warriors a “selfless” squad has become a cliché—after all, this is a club who have had the phrase “Stronger together” as their mantra.  In the 2016 season, though, that approach was put to the test when Kevin Durant, an NBA scoring champion in his own right, joined 2014-15 season score master Stephen Curry.  The question on everyone’s mind was whether both talents, including Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, who are all-stars, be able to share the ball and the spotlight for the team’s benefit.  However, numbers don’t lie: they won the most games in the league (67) and had the most number of assists in the league (20% more).  Curry’s shots per game were reduced by 10% compared to the previous season, while Durant also reduced his shots by 14%.  And, unlike the previous season, the Warriors were crowned winners.

Practice Communal Joy

In the 2015 playoff finals, Stephen Curry, the regular season MVP, was not chosen as Finals MVP.  His teammate, Andre Iguodala, received the honor.  Curry was spotted bouncing with joy after hearing the news, celebrating his teammate’s achievement.  When you transform your mindset towards abundance and celebrate other people’s victories, your inner game will substantially improve.

Shortly after beating the Cavaliers in the 2017 season, asked about his feelings on sharing the title with NBA greats such as David West and JaVale McGee, Draymond Green said, “Seeing them celebrate it was even a better feeling than simply celebrating it [individually].” Draymond had grasped the meaning of greater joy because research indicates that people are happier when they experience achievement as part of a team than when they succeed alone.  That could be due, at least in part, to the fact that smiles on the faces of other people appear to turn on the same areas of the brain as smiling yourself, filling you with positivity.

Mindfulness

Kevin Durant, the 2017 Finals MVP, has been among the best NBA players for a decade.  But it was his excellent Finals performance, which included the most critical shot of the Warriors’ season, that elevated him to greater heights.  What was the deciding factor?  After game 5, Durant talked about how crucial it was for him to stay in the moment, which worked out in the whole series.  He continued to say that in most moments in his career, he focused on the past and also contemplated a lot on how the future was shaped.  He thus decided to stay in the moment in the series.

That sounds a lot like mindfulness, or being aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surroundings in the present moment, which is one of the Warriors’ basic beliefs.  While mindfulness may be associated with formal meditation, many experts believe it is a condition or characteristic that can be applied to any activity.  Eating an ice cream cone, taking out the trash,  or attempting a three-pointer with LeBron James in your face are all possibilities.  The trick is to stay in the present moment and not get caught up in the past or the future.

You don’t have to be a professional NBA coach or player to turn failure into success. You already possess all of the abilities necessary to begin transforming your life right now.  Begin by marking out three days in your calendar to focus on applying one of these concepts.  Keep track of how your life evolves, keeping in mind that change takes time.  As you notice progress, continue to add more principles and celebrate your accomplishments.  Talent is not a necessity for the achievement of greatness, but you must be willing to make a commitment to change and put in the effort to make it happen.  You will attain your greatest self if you surround yourself with helpful and influential people, be mindful of your activities and thoughts, and remember to be happy for others.  Take it from the NBA’s top team: going from mediocrity to record-breaking success just requires a few adjustments to your game plan.