Basketball, like many sports, requires a great deal of commitment, work, and camaraderie to be successful. At LNE Consulting we don’t model ourselves after basketball teams, but we certainly try to emulate their commitment, work, and camaraderie they display.
Tonight will be the first game of the NBA finals; a rematch of the last two NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. These two teams earned their right to the Finals 3 straight years, and that’s not on accident.
While basketball is merely a competitive, professional sport, it can serve as a microcosm of how to be successful in life. These two teams success is the result of putting in countless hours and following principles that model success. Here at LNE Consulting, we believe that there is a lot to be learned from the upcoming NBA Finals.
1. Commitment is everything
Accomplishing a goal would be almost impossible if you gave up after your first try. If you truly want to accomplish something, you have to stay committed and keep working towards doing that. The reason these two teams have had so much success these past few years is because they stay committed to the game and always strive to be better and accomplish the ultimate goal; a championship. Staying committed will only move you towards the direction of success, while its easier said than done, it’s imperative if you sincerely want to succeed.
2. Teamwork makes the dream work
The NBA is a perfect example of how one person cannot carry an entire team. An example would be the NBA Finals two years ago when the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced each other for the first time in the Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers were missing 2 of their best 3 players that had helped them reach the Finals, and LeBron James essentially tried to carry the team on his back. Despite one of the best NBA Finals performances throughout the series, LeBron James and the Cavaliers would ultimately lose, because the Golden State Warriors had an entire team that each did their part. Because the Golden State Warriors were able to work as a cohesive unit that had experience working with one another, they each focused on doing their individual responsibilities in order to accomplish the ultimate goal.
3. Consistency matters
Showing up when it matters is important. Showing up all the time is even better. A consistent scorer is a more valuable asset to a basketball team than the man who hits a clutch shot but finishes the night 2-11 shooting. The player who scores consistently and puts the team in a position succeed may not always be the hero, but they’re a pivotal part of a team’s success. If you can bring it night in and night out and consistently do your job, although it may not seem it, you will become the foundation of your team.
At LNE Consulting we believe that the NBA Finals aren’t just entertainment, they’re a learning opportunity. These two teams are successful in their department, just as a business can be. At the end of the day their players are working for a team and what they are able to do should inspire us to achieve our goals.