With the Christmas holiday right around the corner, it always seems like this is a natural stopping point to relax, get away from the game for at least a couple days, and evaluate yourself and your season so far.
As I have learned over the years, self reflection is another one of those invaluable tools that every player should utilize when possible.
It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of a season.
The workouts, the practices, the travel, the games… it truly can become a grind at times.
This also can lead to us forgetting about why we love the game and why we love getting on the ice everyday.
Gaining some perspective can help deal with this.
Like I’ve talked about on this blog before, taking a step back and having some perspective on the situation can make you appreciate everything so much more.
The time spent with friends and teammates, the competition, the freedom of being on the ice, and the camaraderie of being part of a team that’s all working towards the same goal are just a few of the things that make hockey so great.
And it’s important that we remind ourselves about these things from time to time.
So as the holiday season rolls around and you get a few days away from the rink, sit back and reflect on the season so far.
What has gone well?
What has gone poorly and can be improved upon?
What can you do to help your team be more successful?
And, what can you do, or continue to do, to be a great teammate?
I think if you can ask, and answer, these four questions honestly that it will give you some perspective on your hockey season and hopefully get you reinvigorated for the second half.
Enjoy the break, enjoy the process, and remember that every day is filled with new opportunities. And, it’s our job to make the most of every opportunity.