The turn of another year is an exciting time for everyone involved in our game. What’s got you fired up for the second half of the season? Has your team made solid progress this season? Is there a certain player who’s really coming on strong? The playoffs will be here before you know it, and you don’t have as much time as you think to prepare. Sorry, time flies when you’re having fun.
The problem with the new year is there are always distractions. From parents to ownership to athletic departments, distractions come in many forms. And the problem with distraction is that it gets in the way of what really matters – the players.
So, from someone who’s often guilty of being serious about the wrong things, here are three resolutions to inspire those of you looking for a strong second half.
1. Leave Work at the Office
Whether you’re a minor hockey coach or a professional coach, chances are you live and breathe with every game and every practice. It takes time and practice to leave your emotions at the rink, but it’s crucial that you do so. We all need supportive partners and families if we’re going to truly embrace our passion, but that doesn’t mean our passion should control us at home. The first thing you do when you get home is ask everyone else about their day. And hey, maybe you’ll even forget about that lost faceoff that resulted in the game winning goal against.
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