I was sitting in my stall one day after practice and I got to thinking. .
How can I start separating myself from everyone, stop getting cut and start getting noticed!" And then it hit me. .
All these players including myself are only working on the physical aspects of their game, the shooting, the passing, the skating. .
They’re only focused is becoming bigger, stronger and faster. .
So what if I did all of the above, because let's face it, if you can't skate you can’t play. If you’re not strong enough you just won't make it. We all know this. .
But I thought, what if I also started working on the mental side of the game as well. Started showing up to each and every game focused, confident and ready to play to my full potential. .
I noticed that A lot of the guys I played with and against would absolutely lose their minds and their focus after just one bad shift or one missed opportunity. .
What if I could keep it together when stuff started to hit the fan out there. .
Hockey’s an emotional game. Things rarely go the way you expect them to, you have to be mentally ready for anything. .
I wondered if controlling my emotions and playing with consistent confidence would get me noticed more often, get me more ice time and afford me more opportunity. .
Long story short, it did. .
As soon as I realized there was an edge to be had from training your mind, I never looked back. My game was never the same. I had reached a new level. .
When the big game came and everyone around me started to succumb to their nerves and their pre game anxiety, I would rise to the occasion and play best. Wayne Gretzky once said, “The game of hockey is 90% mental”
So if the greatest player in the world understood this concept, why weren’t more players focusing on this area of the game? .
The answer? .
I honestly didn't care, I knew that my mind and my mindset was my secret weapon and I was going to use it to my full advantage. .
If I only knew all the things then, that I know now. It would have have been game over! Luckily I figured out a few piece to puzzle back in my playing day, but I’ve come to realize that was only the tip of the iceberg...