What's Your Why
What's your why?
It's a simple question, but I think the single most important question that we all need to have an answer to.
It can relate to really any facet of your life.
It's something that I recently challenged my team to think about...I simply asked them to think about "Why they play the game."
I wanted them to think about what were the real reasons why they played and what their motivations are.
It's really easy to get caught up in the hustle of life and forget about the why. We're all guilty of it, and it's something that I have really been trying to keep in my perspective the last few years.
Whether it's Boost Hockey, coaching, other work opportunities, or even my decisions in my personal life, I am always constantly asking myself "why am I doing this?"
I firmly believe that if you genuinely know why you are doing something, it's going to be that much easier to stay motivated and push through any potential obstacles that may come up.
This blog is a great example. I committed a few months back to write a new post every Monday and Thursday and so far I have hit that every week since making that commitment public. There have absolutely been days when I didn't feel like writing a post or sat at my computer for an hour trying to think about what I wanted to write.
I have consciously trained myself over the past few years that when obstacles come up (like writers block) to take a step back, have a few minutes to put things in perspective, and remember why I am doing this.
For the blog, my why is because I started this business to impact the hockey world in a positive way. I also talk a lot about accountability and honoring your commitments and it would be hypocritical of me to talk about all these things and not hold myself to the same standards. I also have been amazed by the number of people who have been reading this blog and as cheesy as it may sound, if even one person reads one of my posts and is helped then it's worth it. And simply, I know I would regret not doing the work.
As crazy as it sounds, usually that's all I need is a quick few minutes to remember my WHY and then that motivational drive starts to kick in again.
As I said above, I recently challenged my team to think about what their WHY is. I wanted them to take some time and really think about why they played the game, why the wanted to be part of the team, and why they showed up everyday to a practice or a game.
Throughout the course of a season its hard to feel motivated everyday at the rink. It's easy to not go all out everyday, or to skip that workout. It's almost been ingrained in our minds to justify it to ourselves why we didn't go all out. We were tired, or we worked hard yesterday, we need a day to recover... do these sound familiar at all?
For me, this is what separates the elite from the average. The elite have the ability to understand their why and push towards it everyday. To me it's more of a mental battle than anything.
The moral of the story is to stop finding excuses and start figuring out why you're doing the things you're doing. If you want to do something, like be a great hockey player, then start working for it everyday.
I truly believe their is the capability of greatness in every one of us, however, there are only a few that actually tap into their full potential. Use this little exercise of understanding your why to help guide you on your path. I promise it will help.