As you approach your last day of the weekend, it may hard to focus on what you need to do next. If you have played well so far, the tendency may be to mail it in because you are already satisfied. If you have not played as well as you thought, you may either play with too much to prove or believe that you cannot do anything to make a good impression.
Before you start your last day, it may be a good idea to check in with a coach who you trust and you believe has your best interests in mind to give you feedback about how you have been playing. Feedback from them may help you to focus on what’s important now instead of playing with a focus on what you have or have not done. The players we have helped say that at this point in the weekend they have made the mistake of evaluating their play with t0o strong of a negative emphasis.
One of the keys to finishing strong is to play well without getting yourself into a constant loop of judging yourself after every play against what you think people are looking for from you. This loop is the equivalent of texting your friends or texting someone you are interested in and asking them after every text you send “Do you still like me.” To break out of this loop find a way to physically release your tension and re focus on the immediate moment. Get out of your head and focus on the environment around you for several seconds. One technique our players have found effective is to quickly identify three colors in the rink that stand out or three objects that stand out. Some find it helpful to take a centering breath and breath in to the count of 5 and hold for the count 2 and breath out to 7.
Last put the weekend into perspective. Imagine a list of the people who love and care for you. No matter if you play “lights out” or if you stink up the place, this list won’t change one way or another. It won’t add or subtract anyone.
This tryout is just another step in your learning process to become the player and person you want to be.
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