I even considered quitting hockey.
However, I was able to overcome these adversities and many more like them (e.g., broken jaw & getting sent down) to be able to finish my career successfully. But this took 10 years of struggle & frustration as I learned the long and hard way through trial & error how to optimize my mindset.
Our mindset is incredibly important, but the problem that I experienced and many athletes currently do is that it’s not easy to work on because it is not tangible, especially if you try to do it on your own. This is why one of the core values that I have is to find simple solutions to abstract problems. This drove me to earn my Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from York University.
Now I am a full-time Mental Performance Coach and I have used my education, playing career, and coaching experiences to create a Mental Performance System that guides elite athletes daily to clearly understand what mental skills they need to work on and exactly how they can do it. This way you don’t have to learn the long and difficult way like I did.
The last thing I want to share is that your mindset is the key to playing at your full abilities. Most athletes are investing a lot in their physical and technical skills, but are underperforming because they have not invested enough in their mindset.