What can you do with what you have right now? Thinking ‘if only I had this…’ or ‘I just have to wait for my opportunity’ is holding you back from what you can do right now. Some people may appear to be luckier, to get the right opportunities, to have a head start, but that doesn’t mean that you should just give up.
Manny Malhotra is a great example of doing what he could where he was with what he had. After a serious eye injury at the end of the 2010-11 season, he came back from the lockout and played 9 games before Canucks GM Mike Gillis decided there was too much risk in allowing him to play with impaired vision. The Canucks had hoped that Manny would stay and take another role in the organization, but he still felt that he could play hockey, and that’s what he wanted to do.
He trained on his own throughout the season and signed a tryout contract with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina’s farm team) in the fall of 2013, earning a spot on the Hurricanes’ roster in November of that year. Though he does have some vision issues in his left eye, Manny has adjusted to being more aware of his position on the ice and finished the season at 2nd in overall faceoff percentage wins with 59.4%. He signed a 1-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014-15 season and will continue having to prove himself, but halfway through the season holds the top faceoff percentage in the NHL at 62%. Manny Malhotra was in a tough position, without a team and having to convince someone that he could still play, but he didn’t give up. He did what he could, where he was, with what he had.
It all depends on your attitude. You could find lots of examples of this in the NHL alone: players in the ECHL or AHL trying to make it to the NHL, backup goalies trying to claim a starting spot, healthy scratches or fourth line players wanting to earn more ice time… the ones who do succeed are those who do what they can in the place that they’re in. If you’re bitter over being sent down to the minors, traded to a bad team, being passed over for a promotion or any other opportunity, you’re missing the opportunity that you have. You may not be where you want to be, but you can control what you do where you are.
Game Plan: It’s simple: do what you can, where you are, with what you have. Maybe this is your opportunity to learn something and show your true character.
Quote source: Theodore Roosevelt