“The Miracle on Ice.” Everyone reading this knows what that means. Although Herb Brooks was correct in saying “If we played them 10 times, they might win 9. “ Our experience with high performing athletes tells us that a miracle starts with a mindset. Many of our athletes set goals for their future that don’t immediately see as achievable.
Calling the 1980 upset a Miracle discounts the hard work, vision, and mindset they used to achieve their goal. Miracles start with your mindset.
The simple definition of a mindset according webster’s is “a particular way of thinking. a person’s attitude or set of opinions about something.”
Your mindset sets the tone for how you perform. It’s the operating system that determines how you evaluate your performance and what you need to do to adjust your immediate performance. It tells you what you need to do to push into a training and development cycle.
This is the mindset you need to take with your performance this weekend and this way of thinking needs to become a habit for you.
Awareness. Without it, you cannot change what you don’t know. At the Center for Sports and the Mind we have developed an online mindset assessment. (Link) To find out where you stand with your mindset, take our assessment that evaluates your mindset and gives you tips and pointers about how to change and develop it to push yourself toward your Miracle. We have discounted this for High Performance participants.
Our assessment will help you determine where you mindset falls and how it impacts your performance.
Our culture often tells athletes to take a fixed mindset into tryouts like these and have the mindset that they cannot make any mistakes or show any weaknesses. Simply – you have “it” or you don’t. If Herb Brooks had taken this mindset, there would have been no “Miracle.” The Soviets took that mindset and they failed because they believed they had “it” and the U.S. did not.
We teach our athletes, whether it be a PeeWee or a pro, to take a “Developmentally Competitive” Mindset. It is focused on the idea that you can be both competitive and develop. Not one or the other.
What does a developmentally competitive mindset mean and how do I create it for myself? Below I have listed the most important characteristics.
- Be comfortable with uncertainty. – Accept the fact that after the puck drops you can only control yourself and your play. You cannot control the future.
- Challenge yourself every day and compete with your last performance. Doing so will help you gain the confidence you need to believe that you can influence the outcome of the game.
- Be Self -Forgiving- Don’t mistake forgiveness for lacking accountability. Learn from your mistake and then focus on the immediate moment.
- Failure = Learning – Use failure as an opportunity to learn.
Our online assessment will give you tips and information about what you need to do to make a developmentally competitive mindset a habit.