Playing Through Frustration
In hockey, many times I missed a wide-open net or the coach would bench me and my emotions would completely overtake me. I was ineffective on the next shift or game because I was so caught up in my past experiences. I would ask myself “Why can’t I score,” “Why do I suck?” I’d count how many games have gone by and figure out my season totals going forward. This is the worst possible thought pattern—a negative loop—that will only lead to more frustration.
If this mountaineer, Ed Viesturs, thought the same way—“I’m going to get up to the peak and then be turned away again”— there would be no way he could mentally or physically endure the months and months of training before the expedition and the back-breaking climb (carrying equipment, food, and lodging) up the tallest mountains in the world. His brain would quit when the going got tough. And worst of all, he wouldn’t be able to make the climb down, resulting in certain death.
Just like the weather at 28,000 feet, some things are out of your control. All you can do is go through the same hard work, preparation and positive thoughts as you did before. This will put you in the same position to make that summit—the score—the next time you are presented with an opportunity.
Good luck and score more goals!
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Brett Henning of Score100Goals.com for this story. Henning was a member of the Inaugural National Team Development Program and 2000 World Junior Team with USA Hockey. He played Junior Hockey in Canada and at the collegiate level for the University of Notre Dame. He was drafted by the New York Islanders before a back injury ended his on-ice career.
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