#333: Power Play – Balance

What is joy without sorrow?  What is success without failure?  What is a win without a loss?  What is health without illness?  You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other.  There is always going to be suffering.  It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.  – Mark Twain

Balance is something that you hear goalies talking about all the time.  One month you might get a couple of shutouts and help your team into the playoffs.  The next month you might be pulled a few times after a couple of bad goals and the city’s calling for you to be traded.

If you let in a bad goal, are you actually any worse of a goalie after that?  No – you’re the same goalie, shit just happens.  If you make a nice save, does that automatically make you a better goalie right away?  No – it’s just one save and part of one game… It’s not that it just happened, but it’s how you react to it and how you take the next step that matters.  Are you going to let it bother you, or are you going to stand tall? – Niklas Backstrom

There will be good days and bad days, wins and losses, but something good can come from it.  The bad days help us appreciate the good, and the losses help teach us what we need to do to win.  Thomas Vokoun was called up to the Montreal Canadiens for his first NHL game and was pulled after the first period for giving up four goals on 14 shots.  It was devastating for him and he had a hard time in the AHL after that because he had told himself that it was his only shot at the NHL.  Though it was the hardest time in his career, ultimately he feels that it has helped him to get where he is because it made him realize what he really wanted and what he needed to do to get there.  “For me that was a hard-learned lesson, but it pretty much saved my career.”

Life is full of ups and downs, but it is a lot easier to navigate them if you stay even-keeled and remember to stay humble when you’re up and that there will be brighter days ahead when you’re down.  Balance.

Game Plan:  The best way to achieve balance is with the open-mind concept.  Always keep the big picture in mind and see everything as a learning experience.  It’s how you deal with those ups and downs that defines you and your character.


Quote source: Daniel Norris, Twitter

The Power Within by Mike Valley and Justin Goldman


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