Once you step onto the ice for an important try-out or game, the difference between playing well or poorly lies completely between your ears! When the game is on the line and the competitive pressure is turned up high, playing to your potential is all about how well you can execute mentally. That is, are you able to stay calm and composed under pressure? If you go into a game too nervous, you’ll play tentatively, make a lot of mistakes and come out of it bitterly disappointed. Staying relaxed under big game pressure is one of the secrets to being able to play your game the way you are capable of playing.
Do you have the ability to focus on what’s important and let go of everything else? Concentration, when controlled, is the key to performance excellence. However, if you lose control of your focus and concentrate on the wrong things either before or during your game, then you will undermine your confidence, make yourself nervous, and underachieve. Hockey is too fast a game to play well unless your concentration is in the right place when it counts the most.
Can you quickly let go of your mistakes and bad breaks and get your head back in the action?
Do you know how to avoid getting psyched out or intimidated?
As a hockey player you must make a commitment to work hard on your mental game as well as your physical one. You’d never leave your conditioning, shooting or skill execution to chance! So why leave this critical mental part of your game up in the air?
You have to believe in yourself and have the self-confidence to focus on yourself and not your opponents when you're under pressure. You have to be able to handle last minute negativity and self-doubts. You have to be able to master your fears.
With a little work, these mental skills as well as a few important others can be systematically trained to the point where you develop the reputation as a mentally tough competitor. My CD program, The Best Mental Toughness Training Program for Ice Hockey Players (ON SALE NOW!) will take you to the next level!
Are you struggling with performance anxiety or a slump? Do you consistently perform better in practice than when it counts?
As a Sports Performance and mental toughness training consultant, Dr. Alan Goldberg works with hockey players at all levels, from the pros on down, helping these athletes use their head to play to their potential. He specializes in helping athletes bust out of performance slumps, overcome blocks, and perform to their potential. As the Sports Performance Consultant for the University of Connecticut, Dr. G worked regularly with the Huskies Hockey program doing both team workshops and one-on-one sessions. In addition, Dr. G has worked with high school teams and junior players teaching them how to strengthen their mental game. He is the author of the revolutionary new book, "This Is Your Brain On Sports: Beating Blocks, Slumps and Performance Anxiety for Good!" Check out his most popular program- Mental Toughness Training Package for Ice Hockey Players-Special Savings.