Once I began coaching, I developed a different perspective than I had as a goalie. When you play the game, you tend to focus on the battle at hand. It’s one game at a time, one period at a time, one shot at a time. Coaches see the big picture. They are rarely focused on one game, one period, one shot. Are they present in the moment? Absolutely, but they operate within that moment from a long-term perspective.
Winners look beyond the moment and see the big picture. They’re not defined by one moment of failure. Winners know that they must get up one more time than they get knocked down. They know that success is a result of persevering through failures while focusing on long-term goals.
It is often said that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in all of professional sports. A Stanley Cup is not the result of winning the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Stanley Cup is the result of individual players investing hours and hours practicing to become better hockey players. It is the result of the team owners, front office staff and coaches putting the right players on the ice, which may take a few years or many years to build. It is the culmination of those players coming together and executing their game plan for an eighty-two game season and four grueling rounds of playoff hockey.
How many games are won without getting scored on? A few. How many series result in a sweep? Some. How many championships are won without losing a single game? None. See the forest to persevere through the trees.