I even considered quitting hockey.
However, I was able to overcome these adversities and many more like them (e.g., broken jaw & getting sent down) to be able to finish my career successfully. But this took 10 years of struggle, frustration, and trial & error because I didn’t have enough guidance. In short, I learned how to strengthen my mental toughness the hard way.
Mental toughness is incredibly important, but the problem that I experienced and many athletes currently do is that it’s not easy to work on because it is not tangible, especially if you try to do it on your own. This is why one of the core values that I have is to find simple solutions to abstract problems. This drove me to earn my Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from York University.
Now I am a full-time Sport & Performance Psychology Coach and I use my education, playing career, and coaching experiences to guide hockey players daily to clearly understand what mental skills they need to work on and exactly how to strengthen their mental toughness. This way you don’t have to learn the long and difficult way like I did.
The last thing I want to share is that mental toughness is the key to unlocking your potential. Most players are investing a lot in their physical and technical skills, but are underperforming because they have not invested enough in their mental toughness.