Yesterday I sent an email out to about 800 members of the Total Female Hockey community and asked them what was the #1 piece of information or advice I could give them to help them have the most successful season ever. Most of the questions were about getting noticed, getting faster, eating better and staying focused and confident. All great questions – that all boil down to one BIG question, “What Can I Do To Get Ahead?”
The best piece of advice I can give girls hockey players who want to reach the next level is very basic, but it is what separates good-from-great and will help you reach all your dreams on and off the ice.
=> Make the choice to never be outworked. Period.
I can tell you how to shoot a better slap-shot, make better nutrition choices and build confidence, but if you aren’t willing to outwork everyone else, there is going to be a limit to how far you can go.
I’ll be honest with you. The reason I got to play women’s college hockey at an Ivy League school (which was one of my BIG dreams), tryout for Team Canada and play in the best women’s leagues in the world had very little to do with my skill level.
It had everything to do with my willingness to outwork the competition.
Whether in the weight room, in practice or in the classroom, I made a choice to do everything I possibly could to be the best athlete, student and player I could be.
I made the choice to never be outworked.
I did everything I could to make sure that when opportunity knocked, I would be ready to respond.
I never had to worry about “getting ready”…. I “stayed ready”.
Every day, I did everything I could to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition on the ice and in the classroom.
I put myself in the position to take advantage of every opportunity that came my way.
Your BIG opportunity to realize your BIG dream could be years away or it could be right around the corner.
And if you are ready to do the work,
you’ll be ready to shine.
Work Hard. Dream BIG.
~ Coach Kim