I thought I would write a short post today on how to prepare for your next hockey season. This will be short because I'm going to write with bullets. It is meant to give you ideas and a way to start to formulate Your Plan. These are some of the components in Your Mental Training Plan and right now is the time to start pulling it together.
Why do you want to play hockey at this level?
Hint; In my experience simple answers like fun or a college scholarship are not the actual answer. See if you can delve a bit deeper. It may lead you to a better understanding and help you play an achieve more.
Three parts to motivation ( I wrote about this last month) Motivating Hockey Players and Teams
Autonomy- Where do you find Freedom
Mastery- Finding drive as you master your skill sets, fitness, etc.
Purpose- What is your purpose behind or including your Why?
Even if you just think about self-awareness, self confidence, resiliency etc with regards to your personal mindset, it will help you prepare. Know thyself. Or take the ESi I offer.
Set your long term, intermediate and short term goals. Write or Type them out!
Set process goals.
Set goals to work on your EQ (emotional intelligence).
Set goals to work on mental skill sets.
Emotionalize your goals
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Internal vs external imagery- when and why to use one or the other
You can see what works now for dry land training and conditioning
If you believe it hindered you performance talk with your coaches, better yet call me!
You can do this with a friend or team mate, work out with them to listen and then listen back with them. It works with parents too, but they already know how good you are.
Talk with your coach if you want to take on a visible role
This as I said is a starting place to put together a mental training plan. You likely already have a strength & conditioning plan ready. If performance is 80% mental- What are you doing about it today?
That's about it for this post. Keep in mind you are always welcome to schedule a 20 minute courtesy talk with me via SKYPE. Just go to my web site and when the pop up appears ask to schedule a time. I work with athletes and teams all over the world by phone and SKYPE. TheMental-Game.com The 20 minutes is on me!