This past Tuesday night, my favourite NHL hockey team, The Oilers, made it into the playoffs for the first time since 2006! That’s 11 years of trying to reach that goal!
What a special feeling there was in the arena that night, seeing how passionate and excited the Edmonton fans were! The cheering was unbelievable, almost bringing me to tears watching it!
As I watched the victory being won, I couldn’t help but relate some of the principles to working your own business. First of all, never give up on your goal! Yes, it took 11 years but nonetheless, the Oilers made it! Fans, or were they really fans (?), were beginning to give up hope in those past 11 years and no doubt some moved on to become fans of another NHL team. Team changes were made, those in leadership of the Oilers changed during that time but last night, all the effort and changes took them to another level.
Perhaps you have been struggling to see your dream become a reality. You feel like it’s never going to happen, you’ve had to change course, change the team you’ve worked with but yet you always feel like it can still be yours. Guess what, keep on pushing forward. Make the course corrections, keep learning, keep modelling those that have achieved what it is you want to achieve and you will succeed. It’s just a matter of time. When you finally do reach your goal, those 11 years will seem like nothing and you might even laugh about them!
Think about this one comment from Connor McDavid. He said, “There is a lot of work left to still be done.” Another teammate said that the Oilers can’t celebrate as if simply making it into the playoffs is enough. “That is just a checkmark next to our name. It is nice that we know we are going to be playing for it, but we have another race, and that is for first place in the division.”
I think this same mentality needs to be with each of us as we are striving to reach our goals. It’s still important to celebrate the wins along the way to the main goal but let’s not fall into the trap of celebrating too long that we forget we need to keep focussing and pressing on.
Just as in the game of hockey, or any sport for that matter, the training still needs to happen for each player and the focus needs to be sharp and the effort still 100% as they keep their eye on the main goal.
We need to know our main goal, know the steps to reach that main goal, celebrate as we achieve small successes on the way to that goal but keep working hard, keep focused and still give 100%.
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