This time of year, people set big goals, make resolutions, and dream of better results in the upcoming year.
But statistics prove that the vast majority won’t achieve them.
Many of them are hockey players.
I’m a firm believer in setting big specific goals, and writing them down where you can review them often.
Your goals need to be defined and they need to have a timeline.
Goals not written down will not happen.
But setting goals and developing healthy habits that support them shouldn’t just be something you do once a year, they should be who you are as a person.
I want you to make 2017 your best year ever as a hockey player, and if you do too, you don’t need to make things complicated.
Sometimes the things you eliminate, give up, or stop doing in your life have a bigger impact on your future than the things you add.
If you want to become the best version of yourself here’s 11 things you can do:
Get Rid Of Bad Nutrition
To really reach your potential as a player, everything starts here.
Sound nutrition is the foundation for performance.
Put the right foods in your body and you will begin to see results immediately.
Let Go Of Playing Small
If you never pursue great opportunities or chase your dreams, you will never be the player you were designed to be.
Both you and the game will also never benefit from what you could have achieved.
So step up, be bold, don’t be afraid to fail.
More importantly, don’t be afraid to succeed.
Stop Making Excuses
The reality is, life isn’t fair, and everything in the game of hockey is earned.
You are responsible for the person and player you become, no matter your talent, weaknesses, obstacles, and past failures.
Take responsibility for your future and eliminate excuses.
They only prevent you from growing personally and professionally.
Let Go Of Limiting Beliefs
Many players mistakenly believe their talents are fixed and that talent alone creates success.
Successful players invest time every practice and every day learning new skills and concepts to improve.
Remember, who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.
Forget About “Instant Gratification”
Overnight success doesn’t exist.
Making small, consistent progress every day will compound over time and produce significant results.
That is why you should plan for the future, but focus on what you can control now.
Do something to improve even a ¼ of a percent every day.
Give Up Trying To Be Perfect Or Waiting For Things To Be Perfect
Nothing is ever perfect.
So let go of the burden of trying to achieve the impossible.
It’s OK to make mistakes.
Our mistakes and failures are what stimulate us to learn, grow, and improve as players.
Fear of failure often prevents many good players from taking action and pursuing our biggest goals.
Conditions are never perfect and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time.
Words like “someday” and “try” are a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
Pursue your dreams NOW while you have the chance.
Successful players have relentless focus at the task at hand.
They focus on one thing and then beat it into submission whether it’s a drill, a workout, or a video session.
Being fully present in the moment and committed to one task is very important.
Stop Trying To Control Everything
Sometimes there are things that go on behind the scenes that you have no knowledge of or ability to control.
These things may involve your linemates, where your team sits in the standings, where you are on the depth chart that day, or getting released or traded.
Let go of things you can’t control and focus on what you can control.
Specifically, that includes your attitude, work ethic, and lifestyle choices, no matter what is going on around you. There may be something bigger in store for you.
Give Up Your Addiction To Your Phone, TV, And Social Media
We all have the same 24 hours in each day.
How you choose to spend them will determine your future.
Social Media, web browsing, and TV are time thieves that take you away from productive activities that can be making you a better player.
All of these things are fine in moderation.
But if you find yourself spending a lot of time mindlessly browsing, texting and posting, you are moving further and further from your potential.
Direct your time towards things that will enhance your career.
P.S...Don't let yourself be one in a long line of players who abandons their goals. To make this a career changing year, you need:
The right GOALS
The right BATTLE PLAN to get there
The right ACTION STEPS actually taken
Everyone has GOALS. But winners have SYSTEMS. Check us out HERE or email us at [email protected] with your questions or what's holding you back. Let us help you put a SYSTEM in place to help get you to the next level in 2017. We are dedicated to your success.