by Steffany Hanlen, Inspirational Speaker and Quantum Speed™ Founder
were ‘stoked’ about the start of your 2013-14 season. That enthusiasm got you through tryouts and
has carried you over the past several months.
Now, the end of the season is in sight and playoffs are just around the
corner. You’ve put in a lot of time and
energy to get you this far and now you’re a little tired – of the routine, of
the cold weather, of the late nights and early mornings. How do you stay focused so you can find
renewed enthusiasm and energy to push you through the home stretch? You’ve given and sacrificed a lot to get
here. Remind yourself WHY you’re here. Your ability to stay focused and to carry
through on your plan for a successful season is built around your WHY. If you don’t identify your WHY and don’t have
a plan, what started off as a fun and exciting season will seem like a very
long, never-ending one. How do you find
yourself back to what it is about the game you love. Do you remember WHY you started to play? Is the reason still the same today as it was
those first few seasons? What has
inspired you to keep playing year after year….? Scoring goals? Skating around and feeling the speed? That sense of accomplishment? Making friends? That sense of community? Learning new skills….? Think of what it is for YOU. Maybe it’s a number of things or a certain
combination of things, or maybe it’s just ONE thing. And maybe what you love about the game has
morphed into something different or more than what it once was.
is it important for you to know the WHY?
It’s important because if you forget WHY you are playing and what you
want out of the experience, (your WHAT do and your HOW you do it), your love of
the game can slowly slip away and you may find yourself drifting away. At this time of year, you might find yourself
drifting from giving the effort you gave at the beginning of the season. That drift might cause you to feel
disappointed or frustrated when the season comes to a close because you know
you had it in you to do better.
may think it’s too early in your hockey journey now to think about this but it
is never too early to begin the conversation with yourself, your parents and
your support team about WHY you are playing.
The mid-season WHY is important because it will rejuvenate you help you
to end your season on a high note. Think back to when you really started to
love the game and about WHY you loved it and wanted to continue playing. Write your WHY on a piece of paper and post
it on your wall, share your WHY with family, friends, coaches, powerskating
instructors or anyone else you consider
part of your support circle.
you get tired, feel bruised and beat up, or are frustrated because maybe your
team is not winning and every time you try something it seems to backfire, AND
you still have to write an exam at school or get to your grandma’s birthday
dinner… AHHHG, it can feel overwhelming.
In times like this, remember your WHY!
Knowing what you WANT and doing what you CAN to streamline your
activities to maintain and preserve your energy means you can be present in
each one. Connect to your WHY!
time, we’ll talk about the longer term WHY discussion. Over time, you might find yourself drifting
away from your passion for the game and drifting toward something else. If the drift occurs because your WHY has
changed and you develop a passion for something else, that’s great. If, on the other hand, the drift happens
because you’re just tired, or you’ve lost your focus and lost your way, and you
stumble into some easier or less complicated interest, it would be sad to look
back one day on your hockey life saying to yourself and your Men’s League
buddies, “I wish I would’ve….” or “I
could’ve gone so much further if I….” or
“Man, I had no idea how hard life really could be. I should’ve stayed in hockey.” J That’s
why it’s so important to revisit your WHY – both now, mid-season, and over the
Posted February 2014