Champions are made during the off-season
Champions are made when no one else is watching. They don't just put in the time and effort when they have to. They do MORE – because they know that it's the hard work they put in on their own that puts them ahead of the competition.
Let's face it ...
It's easy to give 110% effort in a game with your teammates there and your coaches and parents cheering you on.
It's easy to work your butt off at practice when the rest of your teammates are doing the same and the possibility of getting more ice time or a chance to play on the power-play might come as a result of all your effort.
It's even easy to get pumped up during an off-ice training session when you can feed off the energy and motivation of your team.
The problem is ...
No one ever became a champion by just doing the EASY stuff.
I know you work really hard during the season to be the best player you can be, but the reality is...
Champions are made in the off-season.
They are made when no one else is looking and when no one is keeping score.
They are made with HARD work off the ice.
Champions are the ones working out on their own in the park in June when most players are relaxing their way into summer.
They are the ones working on their stick-handling and shooting every night in the basement even when the start of the season is still months away. They are the ones doing the “little things” like drinking enough water, setting goals, eating well and stretching each and every day – not just before big tournaments or when their coach tells them to.
Champions don't sit around and wait for success to come to them.
They go out and get it for themselves.
They take action and put in the hard work every single day to make sure that their dreams become a reality.
And they do it all without anyone watching them. They do it because they want it more and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level.
This IS the time when true champions are built.
So, what are you going to do when no one else is watching over the summer to take your game to the next level?
Work Hard. Dream BIG.
Your friend and coach,
Kim McCullough, MSc, YCS, is the founder and director of Total Female Hockey.