Many children dream of one day becoming professional hockey players. More often than not, however, they have no idea of how to turn those dreams into reality. They often think that the only way “to the top” is to play on the best teams, to be the best player, and basically just to be perfect and successful all around.
In reality, though, no one can be perfect. Plus, being or attempting to be perfect isn’t nearly as important as being consistent. Consistency matters more than perfection because it is what makes young players stick with the game and what causes them to continue trying no matter what challenges are thrown their way. And, really, you can’t make it to the top if you quit somewhere in the middle.
Another thing that’s important for “making it” is something that’s hard to explain. It’s something that sets a player apart from the rest. It has to do with being present and consistent but also with being kind, responsible, and reliable. It has to do with that “special something” that comes from more than just being good at hockey. It comes from being a good person and a good player- the total package.
The bottom line is that just being skilled or good at hockey isn’t enough if your goal is to become a professional player. After all, you will eventually get to a level where everyone is good. In order to have true success, you need to have something special, something extra. Work on developing that “something extra” by striving to be the best player and the best person that you can be. If you can do that and stay consistent, then there’s a good chance you can make it to the top.