I'm A Better Player Now...

I'm A Better Player Now...

Do you ever take the time to sit back and do some reflection about your game?

Like I mean actually sit down and have a real good, honest, look at yourself and the good and bad that comes along with it?

I would venture to say that if you are being honest then most of you will probably say no. 

That's fair because for a long time I fell into that category too.  

It's one thing that I wish I would have done a better job at as a player. When I look back at it now, I think I was always so obsessed with what was coming up and trying to put myself in the best place to succeed that I didn't spend enough time honestly assessing my game and figuring out where I was really at. 

I know it would have helped me tremendously as a player to periodically sit down and take an honest assessment of my game. What my current strengths were and where I needed to improve. I think if I would have done this I would have been able to focus on the little details a bit more and become an even better player. 

But as I've said a few times throughout this blog, with age comes wisdom. It may sound crazy to say this but I honestly think it's true...

I am a better hockey player today then I was in college. 

I haven't played a competitive hockey game since my senior year in college in 2009, but I know that now at age 32, I am a better hockey player. 

Since becoming a coach, I've really become more of a student of the game and now understand the real importance of all the details. I understand so much more about the mental side of the game and its importance. I also have a much better perspective on things and am better at realizing what the things are that I should put my time and energy into, and what things I shouldn't worry about. 

Plain and simple, I know I'm a better hockey player today because my mental makeup is so much stronger now then it every was as a player. 

The mental side of hockey is the most underdeveloped part of the game in my opinion. From the highest levels to the lowest, there is not enough emphasis on the mental side. 

I think everyone would agree that confidence is so vital to success in hockey (and really everything in life). Yet, it's crazy to me that we all still don't spend much time, if any at all, working to improve this aspect of our game. 

Personally, I think this is an interesting topic that needs to be discussed more in our hockey community. (I also have plans of how I want to help impact this side of the game in the future which I'll be talking about in the coming months.) 

But for now, do you agree or disagree with this? What would help you, or your son or daughter, with respect to the mental side of the game? 

I really hope to get some feedback on this post, so please feel free to comment below or send an email directly to me.