5 Ways to help you find the last layer of Exceptional Performance.
Ever wonder why certain player’s get it done more often than not? How is it possible that they become so consistent? How do they also just seem to be the go to guys? Is it their skill? Is it the situation on their teams? Is it mental?
Being in the performance game has been the most rewarding shift in our company’s history. We started in the NHL as pioneers of movement, guys wanted more so we dug into our research and roots and added skills based on occurrence in our method. This increased performance but it was mostly neuromuscular, meaning training the brain and the body’s proprioceptors to communicate flawlessly. It was magic. But only neuromuscular. Our performance metrics weren’t going off the charts, they improved but we wanted more.
So, we continued to study, putting in detailed and quality work in the area of non-neuromuscular performance. Sifting through thousands of research articles, talking to coaches in different disciplines and reading the works of various top authors in the area of sports performance we began to gain traction and an acute understanding of the mapping of situations in sports and started an internal study specific to the game of hockey. That’s where it went KA-BOOM! That was the first big shift. It was amazing!
What came next? We’ve talked before about the concept of Movement, Skill, Map, Transfer. It’s what our company is founded upon. It didn’t immediately start that way, it organically just happened by our leadership team’s inquisitiveness to ask deep questions and we challenged one another as a group to come up with creative and innovative solutions.
Today’s blog is within our next mantra. Sustainability of consistent exceptional performance. You know those people that you can always rely on? What makes the human race trust them so much? How do they do it. Here are 5 tips to help you be the goods.
1. Work Ethic
Yes, Yes, you’ve heard this all before. It just can’t go away. The best work the best, they don’t take shortcuts and they outwork the rest. It’s just the way it is. Just do it.
We talk about it in two different ways: It starts with having the drive to be the best that you can be. It’s amazing how so many people don’t stretch to their max potential. The best people, the real elite, they just have a bigger vision. They find the courage to stretch to be the best within their companies, within their speciality, they drive to the best in the world. Guys, you need to believe, you need to get courageous and you’ve got to grow your appetite.
Everyone that lives a life of consequence, that does something special, employs a discipline that is unwavering. Ever see a 65-year-old that has ripped abs and that can bench-press 225 lbs? That’s discipline. Do you think guys like Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby get off the horse? No way. These guys balance some fun in their lives with an unprecedented level of discipline. When other’s fall off the wagon, they just dig in and stay the course. If it was easy everybody would do it. That’s what makes it so rewarding to go get it. Stay on it TEAM, discipline decides consistent success.
4. Find your Weakness
We we’re talking today at our office and the big one that came up was the Sidney Crosby example after being ousted in the Stanley Cup playoffs a few years back. Crosby identified that he needed to be a better faceoff guy. I mean at the time, he was the undisputed best player in the world. So, what did he do. He studied tape, got around some of the league’s best faceoff guys and worked all summer on being a better faceoff guy. The result? The next season he was one of the top faceoff guys in the league and still is to this day. Find your weakness and continue to chip away, you need to have the humility to find what needs improvement and go after it.
How far are you willing to go? You see that’s what it’s all about. Are you ready to embrace your grind on the toughest of days or are you going to work easy and stop before the blueline instead of after it? The best of the best sacrifice to reach the top. Whether that’s giving up some of life’s small pleasures or giving yourself for the betterment of your teammates, the best sacrifice for themselves and for those around them. Learn to give for you and for others, that sacrifice will make you special.
So, remember, it’s all about the layers of performance. You need them all. The neuromuscular skill sets of movement and skill are essential and fundamental. The layer of mapping crucial. But to be the best, you’ve got to will yourself in that last and final layer, the layer of consistent exceptional performance.