Posts Tagged ‘Success’

SuccessisbuiltFans always expect that their teams perform well – and ideally win every game – and fans have the absolute right to want success. There are expectations that teams and players need to meet, week in and week out. There are the expectations for the entire team from the fans and on an individual level, the expectations from the coaching staff.


Success is something that every player wants. For their team and for themselves. Otherwise, why play the game if you don’t want to succeed and not feel the elation of winning a game. Success is something that doesn’t magically happen on a game night. It is a long, drawn-out process throughout countless hours of work, sweat and pain. Success is built when there are no eyes on you. It happens at the gym, it happens on the roads, it happens on the bike. It even happens on the trainers table or with the physiotherapist. Success is built when you are on the ice with your team. It is built in bag skates, flow drills, set plays. It is built by countless and countless of repetitions of weights, drills, shots, jumps and miles pedalled on a bike.


Success is not something that is achieved overnight. Players can’t expect to be successful just by turning up to training and have the expectation that their effort on the ice will guarantee them success in the long run. The hockey season is a gruelling ride, with all its bumps and bruises and frustrations. What the fans see, is the culmination of all the work that has been taking place out of sight.


Success requires commitment. It requires hard work. It requires sacrifice. It requires discipline. It requires a goal, something that unifies a group of individuals to come together and work for that goal. It means leaving personal differences aside and playing for the logo on the front of your jersey and for the goal of becoming a champion.


The commitment fuels motivation and success, that success will player through a rock when it comes to crunch time. But all this underpinned by the work that each player does on and off the ice when the stands are empty and when no one is watching you.


The signs of success, are not seen on the ice in a 60 minute game. It is seen in the sweat dripping on to the gym floor and on to the ice.  

Success only comes before work in the dictionary.

That is a valuable statement that I read in a magazine recently and rings quite true with my situation. I need to work and work hard.

I was today discharged from physiotherapy and deemed fit to start playing again (and just in time), but during the last physio session I realised something that shook me to my core. That realisation was that I am quite out of shape.

Work beckons. There are no short cuts and no easy way out. The only solution is that I have to put my nose to the grind stone and start working, if not for anyone else, for myself. Though there are alterior motives for the need to get back in shape, mainly that I want to look good naked.

However, I’m comforted by the fact that A) I’ve done it before and B) at the moment getting a good sweat going is a real high for me, specially as its not accompanied by searing pain.

What I’m confident about is that after skating this week my knee is now fully pain free and it felt like I had gained some speed. Though that was my own feeling, it could be that I was slow as hell and no one dared to tell me. Keeps the idiot guessing.

But back to my original point about work; last night the Chicago Blackhawks captured its first Stanley Cup in almost 50 years. If you don’t know what the Stanley Cup is you better go back to school as there is a gaping hole in your cultural up-bringing. Either way, what surprised me was the reporting after the game. As it turns out, the Blackhawks goalie, Antti Niemi, worked as a zamboni driver not too long ago. He came from obscurity to rob Cristobal Huet from his starting job and led the team to the Stanley Cup.

Niemi, a complete work-a-holic, had told his wife before the season started that he was looking to play 20 games out of the 82 regular season games, but ended up doing more than that. Through hard work, when he was a nobody in Finland, he has now achieved the greatest trophy any hockey player can ever win.

What motivates me in Niemi’s story is that he is an example of a player that works hard and gets the deserved reward for it, but more the determination that you do not give up when someone tells you you’re not good enough.  It’s the embodiment of Sisu and hard work. As Niemi was hoisting the cup, you could see the joy and the utter shock of ‘what the hell just happened’ on his face.

But again, Niemi would not have achieved this if he didn’t work for the success. Same for the losing teams’ Ville Leino, who was discarded by the Red Wings and came to life with the Flyers, drawing equal to Dino Ciccarelli’s rookie point scoring record in the play-offs.

Not bad, but like said at the start. Success only comes before work in the dictionary. Otherwise, you have to work your ass off to earn success, or even have a shot at it.

I will update you soon if my hard work over the last few years (and a quick conditioning stint) pays off. The head is willing, but body says no a bit too soon for my liking