It's been an arduous journey full of unexpected twists and challenges for the Golden State Warriors this season ― and yet, they find themselves in the same place NBA fans have grown accustomed to seeing them in recent years.
Now, with a 3-2 lead against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, Golden State will look to close out the series tonight and win its fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons.
Coach Steve Kerr has been around many of the game's legends in his decades in the NBA, but has seen few exhibit the maturity, work ethic and joy of Stephen Curry. When asked in a recent press conference what jumps out to him about his star's day-to-day discipline to get better, Kerr told reporters:
So many of us as leaders want to be the best at our respective crafts, but when various obstacles appear, it becomes increasingly difficult to commit to what true greatness requires.
The journey of self-discipline and self-mastery is about checking and holding the person in the mirror accountable, but doing so with compassion. There will be days when we don't feel our best; yet we must still give our best as leaders. It is truly the only way to manifest our dreams while positively impacting our team members.
It's a pivotal reminder that the competition is not won when we're dancing under the bright lights or hoisting trophies in the air. The competition is won with how we show up for ourselves and those we lead every day.
The next time we think about giving up, let's pause, reset and re-assess why we're doing what we're doing.
Then, let's see if we, like Curry, can recommit to finding the joy in the process.
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