I enjoy watching NBA basketball because you have a collection of people who have become the greatest at the sport they (and I) love. Sometimes I can’t help but notice the advantages they have to be great basketball players. Take Lebron James he’s 6’8, 250 lbs and moves really well, or Kevin Durant, who is 6’11 but has the coordination of a 6 footer. On the other end you got Stephen Curry, not the protypical athletic specimen, but son of the Raptors legendary shooter Dell Curry, so I guess we can use the genetic cop out again.
But I’d disagree. What Stephen Curry did get from his dad was an understanding at a young age of the consistent effort and dedication required to pursue excellence. It’s this work ethic that these superstars all share that has led them to their personal success. Success was not given to them, it had to be earned. Like Curry and other great players they are notorious for showing to the gym hours early for extra shooting where they prepare themselves by demanding perfection. After workouts Curry is known for not leaving until he has swished five free throws in a row. He did this when he a teenager, and has continued this as an NBA star, it’s a part of his journey.
Alan Stein said it the best in one of his clinics when he told the aspiring basketball players “Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice and Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters on the planet today because he has made the choice to create great habits. And my question to you is. Are the habits you have today on par with the dreams that you have for tomorrow?”
Wow, how powerful is that?
One strategy I have started to use that I built from the NCCP and Strongerteam is a START, STOP, CONTINUE of single habits. The goal each month is to focus on two new habits, a positive one to add and a negative one to remove. I like the idea of focusing on building good habits because habits are easier to break than to make. Now, after the month pick one of your habits that you would like to continue to work on and for the next month work on two new habits, plus this one. This is important because it has been suggested that it takes anywhere from 21-60 days to consolidate a habit. Sometimes, it can be challenging but habits are natural and automatic and thus will no longer require extra motivation. If you focus on making the actions automatic, in one year you can have 24 consolidated habits that will be the foundation of your future.
So ask yourself what standards can you set for yourself right now that will lead to a successful tomorrow? What can you do to hold yourself accountable? What will be your START, STOP, CONTINUE?
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