Success Has To Do With How We View Failure
My intention was to sit down this morning and write an article about how your training should progress from month to month so you avoid stagnation … but instead of doing that (today at least) I want to share some thoughts on the ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ of being a goalie, of being an athlete, of being a person really.
Much of our success has to do with how we view failure.
I am thinking right now of a goalie I train who had to move to a different AAA team this year because at his level there was only one spot for a new goalie and unfortunately he did not win that privilege. He had to leave friends behind, guys that he had played with since he first strapped on the pads and skate to the other end of the rink to guard someone else’s goal.
I wish I could tell you that the team he went to was awesome and was dominating their league – not the case.
They are scrappy, but then they get a little tired of being scrappy.
This often coincides with the time the other team has had just about enough of their scrappiness and starts pushing back. So the result for the goalie is lots and lots and lots of rubber – you get that when your team is on the PK for most of the game.
So we could look at this and think, “Wow this sucks. When is it over?”
Or we can look at what he is getting out of this experience.
Do you become a better goalie when you get to see lots and lots of shots in game situations?
I don’t mean “do your stats look better?”
I mean do you become better at your craft?
The answer is yes.
Do you need to get better at focusing on your task, keeping your emotions in check and bouncing back from a loss when you play in a situation like that? It is a definite must, otherwise you won’t last.
There is always something to be gained from situations that appear adverse on the surface.
Everyone wants to play for a winner, but I know the experience this goalie gets this season will set him up for greater success in the near future.
Rather than pouting about how he got “screwed” or how his D is constantly letting him down or how he faces 40+ shots per game, he is taking every advantage of the situation, so he is ready when he gets his next opportunity to step up to the next level.
Change your mind, change your world.
Okay – I’ll be back next week with more “take to the gym” training tactics.
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
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