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Goalie Mindset expert Pete Fry is back with more key mindset tips that will help you become a better goaltender. Pete played in the Western Hockey League for the Portland Winterhawks and the Victoria Cougars. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Today he works with goaltenders of all levels, from minor hockey to professionals, helping them achieve more on the ice through developing their mental skills.

The following is based on content from Pete Fry’s Goalie Mindset Power a ground breaking 30-day program dedicated entirely to helping goaltenders create a mindset that will guarantee results. Goalie Mindset Power has been developed from three decades of research into goaltending success, examining the habits and traits of winning goaltenders at all ages and levels.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down a well. The donkey cried for hours and hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do to get the donkey out of the well. He tried different things to lift the donkey but the donkey was too heavy. He couldn’t do it. Reluctantly, the farmer finally decided that the donkey was old and that the well needed to be covered up anyway. So he invited his neighbours over to help him and they all grabbed shovels and started to throw dirt down the well on top of the donkey. 

The goal was to bury the donkey and cover up the well. When the donkey realized what was happening he cried out terribly. But after a couple of hours of shovelling there were no more cries heard from the donkey. It was quiet. Everyone assumed that the donkey had been covered up with dirt at that point and couldn’t cry out or couldn’t even breathe. 

The farmer then looked into the well and what he saw was absolutely amazing. He wasn’t crying out because he was getting closer to the surface! Every time dirt had been shovelled onto the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake the dirt off and take a step up, shake the dirt off and take another step up. 

So they continued filling in the well and after a few more hours and all the shovelling the dirt had built up high enough that the donkey stepped out of the well and trotted off.

What’s the lesson for goalies here? 

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