“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
In this portion of your mental lessons we will discuss (20) mental concepts that involve how you relate, understand and play within the hockey culture and club organizations. Of course these areas can also apply to other parts of your life. How to get along at school/work, with your family and people you meet in your travels as a skilled athlete and hockey player for life.
Please read each title to know the depth of social capacity. Some of these areas you may have discovered on your own and you have knowledge of already. Being a great player is taking in the components of how to get along with people as well as play your style of own game with various line mates.
- Work Ethic /Standard
- Honest Feedback
- Leadership Qualities
- Positive Body Language
- Street Smarts
- Coping Capacity
- Role Model
- Circle of Influence
If anything you will see within your hockey that you are making a contribution to sport. Inner Mind Sports hockey players have a certain quality, endurance and commitment as they work along with every kind of personality imaginable. Social capacity is to not loose your identity, but to adapt to other ideas and concerns. Think about these two quotes:
“In the sport of hockey,players have to learn how to be social without undermining their work ethic”. CLP
“Our ability to get along with people can further our passion for hockey,building the game within. “ CLP
Mental Tool for Social Capacity: Overview
Know yourself first, your standards as a hockey player as well as your ideas for training, your beliefs and goals before you try understanding anyone else you may play or practise with. Mental tip: Look in the mirror first! Then take one person at a time that adds to your game and make them a practise partner in the sport, a coach, teacher or mentor.
I suggest to many players to start your social capacity with the type of people who add to your game. They are positive and confident as well as knowledgeable. You wish to learn from people like that. Avoid players with an over estimated ego and all talk and no action. Select hockey coaches that ask more open questions then “telling you what to do”. Surround yourself with people of quality who love the game as much as you do.
People in your hockey world do not necessarily need to be professional hockey players. It will be wise to build a social network of people in various stages of their hockey as well as the wise player who has played the sport for fun all their life without ever needing a trophy. So many elder club members will be storehouses of valuable information and you can be part of that knowledge.