Two months later I caught up with Evan again after another 3-2 loss oddly enough, so I went through the “describe your day” exercise with him again, just to get a sense of his mindset at that moment and the changes were stunning…
The loss still kinda sucked, but this time he knew what he did wrong - it was a small technical issue he had been working on and improving - it’s tough to change glove position mid-season, but he was working on it.
He was able to get out of bed feeling good about his performance - he faced 42 shots last night and two of the goals came on the PK.
Win or lose his actions were the same that day - he was no longer blown by the wind of emotion based on wins and losses, his mission stayed the same day in and day out:
Follow the plan to become the best goalie he could be.
So he had a healthy breakfast, hit the gym at lunch knowing exactly what to do - what exercises, how many sets, reps, what tempo to use, every detail.
He didn’t have to think or guess, he just had to follow the proven plan and put in the work day after day. He just had to follow the recipe.
And he knew that with every mobility, strength, speed or stamina session he would build his on-ice toolbox. After only 2-months he was amazed at a few saves he had no business making. His coaches and teammates were amazed too!
Now when he gets to practice he knows that he is a work in progress just like everyone else on the team, but he KNOWS that he is putting in the RIGHT work to get better and better. He knows he is doing his best to help himself and his team.
When he steps on the ice he is ready to put in the work, he isn’t worrying about what others might be thinking. He is focussed on practising that new glove position, playing with freedom while moving with speed and precision.
On his drive home he feels good about the work he put in. He appreciates the improvements and thinks about the next piece of the puzzle he needs to get that little bit better tomorrow.
He might not find the $1 million briefcase, but at least he has a plan to zero in on growing into the goalie he has always wanted to be.