If you have been around hockey at all, you know that one of the most important types of work to do is “EDGE WORK.” The best and most powerful skaters in the world are masterful at “EDGE WORK.” This type of work refers to the skaters capacity to use the edges of their blades on their skates to turn sharply, powerfully, and skillfully. This work is critical for one to be a great skater.
In the same way that EDGE WORK is critical for a skater, it is also VITAL for a hockey player to do mental ”EDGE WORK." The importance of the mental game is not in question; however, most athletes have never learned the power of MENTAL EDGE WORK or how to train this part of their game and life. Some myths surround this type of work that I want to name and dispel:
Myth 1: I have to be struggling to benefit from “EDGE” work.
Back in the day, many only heard of athletes working with psychologists or Mental Skill coaches when a STRUGGLE was identified. The truth is Mental Skills work can be learned, strengthened, and sharpened no matter how you are performing. You would never say to yourself, “I am playing good enough to stop getting stronger or more skilled." It is common to keep pursuing mastery of skills so why would we ever believe that MENTAL SKILL work is any different?
Myth 2: If I work with a Mental Skills coach it must mean that I am psychologically weak.
The truth is doing mental skill work is more about mastery that leads to increased strength. In other words, we are weakened because we lack skills. We are not weak people because we need to grow more skilled. Over the last 20 years, I have learned that mastery is a long process. However, where our skills are inadequate to the challenge, then weakness is revealed. We must quit being so ashamed, and protected around things that require growth or “MASTERY.” The world does not hold back its expectations. In fact, sport and life are getting more competitive and therefore, we MUST BE BETTER! One way that we need to get better is MENTALLY.
Myth 3: Doing MENTAL SKILLS work will be boring, painful, and a waste. Thinking, "I can do this on my own by just trying harder and being more positive."
The truth is If you talk to the people I work with you will find that some started with this very thought. It was not too long before this became their absolute FAVORITE part of training. It was INSPIRING, INSIGHTFUL, ENCOURAGING, HELPFUL, and maybe most importantly, SO BENEFICIAL!
Edge Work is intended to help you get a taste of this type of Mental Skills work so you can experience the power of this type of work. Topics that are critical to gaining that elusive MENTAL EDGE and will be trained in Edge Work are:
(3) Confidence Building Practices
Turning Challenges into Pathways to HIGH PERFORMANCE
Overcoming the Fear of Failure
Practicing with a Purpose
(3) Ways to Become Your Own Coach
Creating a PURPOSE that MOTIVATES
Training vs. Practice
Generating EMOTIONS that EMPOWER EXCELLENCE
Winning is Only Part of the Prize
Leadership can be Learned
There is an "I" in TEAM:
Talent not EXPRESSED Leads to REGRET
Dealing with EXPECTATIONS
What to do when your “WANT TO” is WEAK
What is MENTAL TOUGHNESS??
Dealing with OVERWHELM
Engagement, Energy, Execution
Focus Unleashes Flow
What Really Matters?
Less is More
These topics will be unpacked so that you can genuinely engage and leverage the power of mental skills coaching to bring your absolute best to your craft.
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