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Set yourself up for a "Successful" game

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Producing a successful result in a game is not centered around one big or “impossible save” that stands out from everything else, but is a series of smaller details that produce a positive result which may not necessarily produce a positive game outcome.  So, here are some thoughts on playing a “successful” game

- remember, you will never play a "perfect" game.  Set your sights on playing an "excellent" game...no goalie ever played a perfect game. And, anyway, who needs the added pressure of being perfect 

- game time is not the time to improve your skills, that is what practices are for.  Trust that your work in practice will give you the best opportunity for game success

- it is okay to make mistakes.  Every game is full of them.  But, learn from yours and work hard to make corrections next practice

- don’t worry that your technique is not quite where you'd like it to be 

- share the load...you don't have to win the game all by yourself

- focus on the goals you have set for the game, not on the score

- stay positive. Think about being successful. Don’t think about avoiding mistakes or failure

- do whatever it takes to play well, even if it’s "ugly" or imperfect. Sometimes you just must play "ugly" to win

- keep your thoughts simple. Don’t over-analyse.  You will only psyche yourself out

- when on ice, focus on your performance as an athlete, not the score, mistakes or goals that go in

- play for the team, but TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PLAY

- don't worry about what others may think about your performance, there will always be critics 

- don't ever assume you know what others or your coaches are thinking, 9 out of 10 times you will be wrong

- take the game seriously, but have fun

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