I saw a comment on social media recently about how junior tryouts aren’t fair. All I could picture was a petulant child throwing a fit because his brother got a blue gumball, and he got a red one. Fair doesn’t mean equal. Besides, what’s not fair in the gumball situation? Both kids got a gumball. It’s just that one child was upset about the color of gumball they received.
Once the hockey season gets rolling, the schedule starts getting a bit chaotic, and it can be hard to keep up on running the house in all that craziness. Back in the “old days,” I used to clean on Saturday mornings. Of course, I would do some cleaning every day, but the focused vacuum, dust, mop the floors, clean the whole house time was early Saturday morning. It usually resulted in my then 6-year-old having a complete meltdown, and sometimes this would lead to an all out screaming match.
I’ve mentioned setting a cue for yourself in establishing your routine, but setting a cue can also help you form positive habits and improve both your physical and your mental game. If you have ever tried giving up a bad habit, you know it’s hard because you think about what you are missing. You start to believe you don’t have enough willpower, and that makes it even harder. You need to reframe that thinking by replacing it with the opposite positive habit you want instead, and the most efficient way to do that is with a cue.
Now that you have established what your routine is and have an idea of how that is working for you, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of taking it to the next level. Hopefully by now you are starting to think about all of the factors that can contribute to your performance. Hopefully, you are also not overwhelmed, but if you are, that’s okay. This is a journey, and we don’t need to worry about how long it will take to get where we want to go because the time will pass anyway. We are going to take this one step at a time.