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Daily Dish: The Coach's Note to All Prospects Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019  
By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com


We hope that the last week has been as productive for you as it has been for us. Bliss Littler, Cliff Cook and I were getting back to business after spending the previous week at the 2019 edition of the Great Western event in Las Vegas. As we transition from the Heisler Group to Victorious Hockey, the event gave our new staff the time to work together and come up with a better game plan to benefit our group's clients and families. One of the key components is this weekly article that we hope will deliver a bit of insight and direction.  

So with all that said, let's get right to it.

Coach Littler asked us to share this information from Harvey Mackay.

Concentration is more than a kid's card game

 In sport – “concentration” should be TASK DRIVEN/ON TASK.
 
A group of discouraged business people hired a consultant to come and speak to them on ways they might improve business. The consultant tacked a big sheet of white paper to the wall. Then he made a small black spot on the paper with his pencil and asked a man in the front row what he saw.
 
 The man replied promptly, "A black spot."
 
The consultant then asked every person in the meeting the same question and each replied, "A black spot."
 
Speaking slowly and quite seriously, the consultant said,
 
"Yes, there is a little black spot, but none of you saw the big sheet of white paper.
 
You didn't concentrate on the whole picture, just the little spot.
 
That's my advice to you on how you can go about improving your businesses."
 
Concentration is defined as
"the ability to direct one's thinking in whatever direction one intends."

So, it could be: Task Driven is defined as 
"the ability to direct one's thinking in whatever direction one intends."
 
We all have the ability to concentrate some of the time. But at other times our thoughts are scattered and our minds race from one thing to another. I'm sure you've noticed how difficult it is to get children to pay attention when they are playing.
 
We all experience lapses in concentration every day, usually because we allow our environment to distract us or our minds to jump from one thing to another.
 
We share common distractions: noise; interruptions from people and electronics like phones, computers and TVs. This list could also include your environment—comfortable furniture, proper lighting and temperature. There are a whole host of internal distractions as well—how you feel, stress and boredom.
 
 I've found that my ability to concentrate improves significantly when I am:
 
         •       Committed. I'm on board 110% and will give a serious best effort.
         •       Enthusiastic. I'm excited to take on this project and motivated to do well.
         •       Prepared. Knowing how to do something and being prepared for whatever might happen. Remember, perfect practice makes perfect.
         •       Physically fit. I exercise regularly to keep in good physical condition.
         •       Rewarded. I like to treat myself to something for a job well done.
 
 The easiest place to spot concentration is in sports. For example, in golf—my favorite participatory sport—half the game is mental.
 
Golf great Ben Hogan stood over a crucial putt. Suddenly a loud train whistle blared in the distance. After he had sunk the putt, someone asked Hogan if the train whistle had bothered him.
 
 "What whistle?" Hogan replied.
 
Jack Nicklaus, who many consider the greatest golfer of all time, said:
 
"Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety. I have always felt that the sheer intensity Ben Hogan applied to the shotmaking specifics was one of his greatest assets.
 
 It left no room in his mind for negative thoughts. The busier you can keep yourself with the particulars of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional 'if' and 'but' factors that breed anxiety."

 Other athletes have shared similar thoughts about concentration.
 
Frank Gifford, NFL Hall of Fame player and sports broadcaster, said:
 
"Most people think football is strictly a muscle game. In the pros, though, every club is loaded with so much power that sheer strength is cancelled out.
 
You've got to outsmart the other team to win and that takes enormous concentration on details."
 
 "Concentration is when you're completely unaware of the crowd, the field, the score," said Tom Landry, long-time coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
 
"The real secret to success as an athlete is control of yourself and concentration."
 
 Edwin Moses, Olympic gold medallist in track and field, said:
 
"Concentration is why some athletes are better than others.
 
You develop that concentration in training. You can't be lackadaisical in training and concentrate in a meet."
 
 "Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far," said tennis superstar Chris Evert Lloyd.
 
 Translate these examples to your business, and you'll be a superstar too. Train your brain by breaking up larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks, and take a break between tasks to clear your head, so you can concentrate on the next item.
 
Don't be like the speaker who showed up with a cut on his face. He said that while shaving that morning, he had been concentrating on his speech, and had accidentally cut himself.
 
 At the reception following the 50-minute address, a member of the audience whispered in his ear, "Next time concentrate on your face and cut the speech!"
 
 Mackay's Moral: You can't win if your head's not in the game.
 
So, just how strong is your level of concentration? 

Yes, there is so much more to the game of hockey than just what happens on the ice. The real separation between young prospects and National Hockey League veterans is what is happening between the ears. The boys raising the Stanley Cup are not that much faster than the ones skating for a AAA National Championship. Yes, the pro's skill-set is more defined, but that raw ability is nearly identical. 

One of the key elements of the maturation process of transitioning from boys to men is the ability to concentrate. 

JuniorHockey.com gives prospects the platform to publish a very comprehensive profile on the site. This profile can include embedded video, statistics, and even a Twitter style active feed that should be updated weekly. Players should share their personal URL (think juniorhockey.com/yourname) with coaches from higher levels of junior and college hockey. Those coaches then have the ability to follow the player's progress along the way. This is a FREE service being offered by the site.

If you would like more information about Victorious Hockey and just how we can supercharge your hockey career, feel free to simply give us a call.

I'll be in Chicago for the Odesssa Jackalopes Main Camp on Friday and Saturday. If you are in the area, or even in the camp, and would like to have a conversation, please feel free to contact me directly.
  
Let's have a great week of hockey!

Author: Stephen Heisler from JuniorHockey.com
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.


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