I think we all get caught in the mindset, from time to time, that certain things we do don't matter.
We get in that mindset of, "I skipped a workout today, but it doesn't really matter, I can just do it tomorrow..."
It's that lack of focus and attention to detail that can put us farther from where we really want to be.
When I say Everything You Do Matters, I really mean it.
That doesn't mean that everything you do is always going to be right or perfect. In fact, that's not possible so please don't take this article as me trying to tell you that you need to be perfect. Remember, it's often the failures in life and hockey that we actually learn the most from.
What I'm really talking about is building the habits to being successful.
I think this holds true to being successful in both hockey and in life.
Showing up everyday with a good attitude matters.
Being a great teammate matters.
Working as hard as you can at everything you do matters.
Not skipping workouts matters.
Holding yourself accountable for your actions matters.
Really the list of things can go on and on, but I think you get the idea.
If you can change your mindset to realize that everything you do matters, then all the sudden the habits that you start to develop are going to lead you down the path to where you want to go.
I've said it a hundred times, and, I guarantee, I'll say it a hundred more... excuses are easy.
It's easy to brush things off that you think "don't matter". But in reality, that mindset is actually holding you back instead of pushing you forward.
I think this is a fitting article for this time of year.
Most players are done for the season, and a lot have started looking towards next year already. This is the time in the year when it becomes incredibly easy to think that "it doesn't matter" when it comes to a skate, a workout, or your diet.
The truth is that everyday you're either taking a step forward and getting closer to where you want to be, or you're not. And the beauty of the whole thing is that YOU control that.
Focus on the details, have a purpose for the things you do, and know that everything you do matters.
Keep grinding after the things you want.