by Steffany Hanlen, Inspirational Speaker and Quantum Speed Founder
Last time, we talked about remembering your WHY to help you through your mid-season slump. With school, family, other sports, friends and just day-to-day living we are given only so much time in a day. The great thing about being involved in hockey is that the seasons have a beginning, middle, and an end. So, now that the season is winding down, let’s talk about taking a break to revisit your WHY and how your WHY is important in developing your plan for both the off-season and the new season looming on the horizon.
feel like you need it or not, it’s time to take a break to remember your WHY. If you don't, you might find yourself drifting away from the game and toward something else. Now, you might drift because your WHY has changed and your passion for the game has turned into a passion for something else and that's great. If you don't stop to evaluate your WHY and refocus, though, you might find yourself getting caught up in the drift, dropping what you've invested so much time and energy in - and you might come to regret that you didn't revisit your WHY.
your WHY is specific to YOU. Revisiting
your WHY brings you back to what it is about the game you love. WHY did you start to play? What has inspired
you to keep playing year after year?
You want to
laser-beam your focus on your ONE thing, your desired outcome, or your ‘non-negotiable’
to renew your enthusiasm. In Quantum
Speed-land, our game revolves around you, the player, your skating skill and
your personal development as an athlete.
For your parents, the game revolves around their love for you and their
desire to support you in what you want to do.
For you, the player, the game revolves around your love of the game or,
at least, it should. If the love of the
game is not there, you soon begin to lose motivation and a sense of fun
relating to all of the gifts the game brings you. We want you to remember WHY you love to play
the game and we encourage you to continue to nurture that love.
Family is a
Team Sport, just like hockey. You, the
player, grow, change and have new reasons for playing. At novice, your parents immerse themselves in
the game for you. They drive, dress,
cheer, feed, coach, etc., etc. It’s an
immersion they commit themselves to willingly because you want it and they want
to support you. As you grow up, and you
do, and you take the game more seriously, the stress on your family can
increase in direct proportion to the attitude and context you and your parents
have for WHY everyone is doing what they are doing (playing their ‘position’).
If you, as
a family, don’t know WHY you are doing all the multiple things you have to do
to support the hockey journey for you, the player, or the 2 or 3 players in the
family, it can be crazy-making. You and
your parents need to keep asking yourselves WHY you are playing and make sure
the role each of you has remains crystal clear.
If you, as a player, don’t have a strong WHY, you and your parents may
find that dedication to the hockey plan in all ways, including financial begins
If the WHY
is clearly and strongly identified for all of you, though, you will all find
the time, energy and money to keep on track.
Keep in mind, your WHY as a player may not make sense to everyone else
or it may be different than your parents’ WHY for you. 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 where you spend your time (and money!) and expend your energy. Connect to your WHY!
Let me give
you an example that I have a lot of experience with. In our Q3 Program, you learn the fundamentals
of skating - of technique, power and, ultimately, speed. You repeat the fundamentals
until they’re perfected. Even if you’re
a ‘natural,’ you work with your body to learn to do things equally well on your
right and left side and to understand the different components to skating in
the game, with the puck, at your position.
Sure, it’s hard and it can be tedious.
If we do our job and teach you properly, you may not think you’re
gaining any really big, obvious improvements from week to week until the end…. Then when you hit the ice for tryouts or
camps, you see that we had a plan, a plan that we executed carefully, to turn
you into a better, stronger skater. You
see for yourself, first-hand, that it was important to invest your time and
energy in those fundamentals.
you another example. In my business
life, one of the things my husband and I do is invest in Real Estate. How we go about that is exactly the same as
how you’re training in sport. I’ve done
the same technical and detailed things over and over again for the past 10
years, forcing myself to learn the basics and make boring, daily decisions that
are designed to move me towards my goal.
Trust me, investing is not exciting.
What is fun, though, is the RESULT and being good at it. Just like when you develop your skating and
hockey skills, the fundamentals are the foundation of my investing skills. If I didn’t learn and repeat proven
techniques in Real Estate, I wouldn’t have the results I have. I know WHY I am doing it and when the
frustrating, boring times happen I just remember that I have a plan and I take
a break when needed.
So, take a
break. Revisit your WHY. Reflect on what you achieved or didn’t
achieve this past season. Reflect on
what strengths you want to maintain and what weaknesses you want to
address. If it’s your skating, we can
help. If it’s your mental preparation,
we can help. If it’s your strength and
conditioning, invest time in finding the right trainer. Make a plan that will help you develop those
fundamentals necessary to refine and improve your skills. If your plan is centred around your WHY, you
can be proud of the work you’ve done and happy that what you will be doing will
be supporting what you love to do and will help you see success in doing it.
moment right now and define your WHY…….
we’ll look at some exercises you can do to set goals using your WHY as a
foundation and connecting your WHY to your DESIRED OUTCOME.
Posted April 2014