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Behind the Bench, December 23rd Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 23 Dec 2020  
By: Michael Moore

Season's Greetings!,

A little lighter this week. Well it is here- the final newsletter of the season. You know what that means right? It means that New Year’s is right around the corner along with all the crazy resolutions that come with it. For centuries people have looked at New Year's day as a time for a fresh start for new beginnings. Every fitness center, gym and Weight Watchers coach is salivating to get after all the “New year - New Me!” enthusiasts. In the hockey world, it is as good a time as any to reflect and figure out what it is that you are going to do to improve your game and move forward. To do so and to do so effectively, the very first thing you must do is get a sense of where it all comes from for you, personally- What drives you? What pushes you for more? What motivates you?
Everything begins with motivation. Here is one of coach Littler’s favorite articles about the concept of motivation. And if anyone knows what you should be reading and considering in terms of motivation… It's a coach that knows how to motivate and win!

Adam Li Khan, Slotralogy: How to Change Your Habits of Thought

Houdini loved magic tricks from the time he was a boy, and spent a huge portion of his time learning to amaze people. It was tremendously fun for him. As he started to perform, he didn’t make much money. It’s a difficult business to succeed in. But he eventually did succeed. He had a motivation he could not forget: The vow he made when he was young to his dying father to financially support his mother for the rest of her life.

He worked unbelievably hard to keep that vow. It was a powerful motivation. His mind was on his purpose every minute of the day.

Consider the patience, persistence, and commitment required to learn just one skill:
The ability to swallow something only halfway to the stomach and hold it there, and be able to bring it up again to your mouth. A Japanese performer showed Houdini the trick, and it took Houdini hundreds of hours of practice to master it, but it enabled him to do his most famous stunts.

He would “swallow” lock-picking tools, but nobody knew this. He dared the finest jails to search him head to toe and lock him up. When he was all locked up, he brought his tools out and escaped from the jail — sometimes making it to the front gate before the jailers did!

Why did he try so hard and work so diligently? Because he had a good reason.

Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”

Think about your own why. With a good enough reason, you can easily and even joyously bear with any suffering, hardship, difficulty, or tediousness that your goal requires.

And as you’re thinking, your mind will be electrified with earnest intention and will generate ideas. Eric Hoffer wrote,

“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities, but it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.”

But thinking about a purpose is only what to do with your mind when it is idle and when you can’t actually work on your purpose. Or what to do when you feel demoralized by setbacks. Re-ignite your motivation by thinking about the reason you really want to accomplish your goal. Make those motivations into slotras (thoughts you practice thinking), and practice thinking them every day.

And thinking about your goals is not the same as talking about them. I tend to agree with Earl Nightingale, who certainly knew something about accomplishment. He said:

I’ve always felt that glibness is a serious danger to accomplishment. Like a steam valve, if we talk at great length about what we are going to do, we seem to lose just that much steam when it comes to actually doing it.

Make statements about what you will do. This is not only positive, it is future-oriented, so it will bring you up, and it focuses your mind on a definite purposeful action.


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Merry Christmas!
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Author: Michael Moore
Michael is a professional hockey scout and advisor with Victorious Hockey helping North America’s top hockey prospects fulfill their ultimate playing potential.

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