Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. He was recently selected as the 2016 Most Valuable Player of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With his selection he became the first player in NBA history to be selected unanimously for this very prestigious award.
Most of his fellow professionals were effusive in their praise of his abilities and agreed with his selection for the award.
One fellow NBA player said that while Curry was unquestionably a great player whether or not he was of MVP caliber was a little more debatable.
Curry’s response was …. nothing. He did tell one reporter that he had learned long ago to pay no attention to the negative voices all around him. He added that their only goal was to “mess” with his head. You kind of get the feeling that one trait contributing to Curry’s success is that he controls the thoughts that go into his brain.
Friends, colleagues, co-workers, and even family members will sometimes tell you that you cannot succeed. They will say “that” was tried years before and didn’t work. They will say “don’t reinvent the wheel” or “if it ain’t broke don’t fit it,” and even more negative type statements. Some may have your best interests in mind but many, even most, will not.
You need to be very careful when listening to those comments because you may start to believe them if you’re not.
There will always be people who think you can’t succeed but here is an absolute key to your success; make sure you’re never one of them. Do not, never ever, talk negatively about yourself to yourself. Never never never tell yourself that you cannot succeed.
Always, always, always believe in the incredible power of you!
It’s easy to focus on the negative because negativity can seem to be everywhere. It requires discipline to see what’s good. Virtually every problem brings with it an opportunity and successful people find that opportunity. Successful people know that just because something “ain’t broke” doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be broke and rebuilt…. better.
All that matters at the end of the day… well nothing really matters at the end of the day so long as you have another day to do better, to be better, and to appreciate all that you have received, both the bad you’ve learned from and the good you’ve been able to share.
There will always be negative voices trying to mess with your head, make sure you don’t add your own to the noise of negativism. When you control what goes into your brain then you also control what comes out.
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Steph was absolutely the MVP during the 82 game regular season. And your points which make your post a very valid one are great. But the player in the league who questioned the MVP (aka ‘Most’) was unquestionably Lebron James. Talk about an absolute ‘Lead First’ guy! What a great Game 7, and great for the the city of Cleveland!
😊 It was indeed King James, and you’re also right about Cleveland, it’s awesome for them and coming back from being down 3-1 makes it even more special!!!
I like the philosophy behind this. It caught me right on…I do say some negative things to myself late at night.
It’s amazing how many people end the day saying something negative to themselves, myself included. Maybe that’s why one of the secrets to success in “early to bed, early to rise.” 😊 If we’re not up late we can’t be saying negative things to ourselves late at night.
Thanks for your comment, stay positive!
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This is a very interesting and encouraging post because I often times lost that battle between listening to the negative voice or not.
Yes, we need to be careful what we say to ourselves, we tend to believe what we say and our thoughts often become our actions.
Thank you for the encouragement Steve!