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Excerpts — Hockey Tough-2nd Edition

Managing Your Mind

The way you manage your thinking and feelings (your mind) is basic to how you perform. It’s up to you. Improving your game begins with taking responsibility for managing your mind. I believe there are three key operating principles for managing your mind effectively.

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Changing Channels or Parking It = Being in Control

Some sport psychologists have used the concept park it to describe the experience of tuning out distracting, negative, or irrelevant thoughts and staying tuned in to what’s appropriate. If a thought comes to mind that’s not going to help you perform or can interfere with your on-ice performance, change the channel and park it.

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Practice Well

The message throughout Hockey Tough is that practice builds confidence and it also sharpens skills. Practice helps you know that you are physically and mentally prepared, that you have the energy, the focus, the skill, and the determination to execute your ABCs.

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