It’s easy to be negative.
Too many lose hope, too many despair. Just swipe your phone to the left and a barrage of real time newsfeed articles litter your stream. How many are positive? Unfortunately, not many.
Now let’s cross reference this medium with the entertainment industry. Think about it, what do you like to watch when you’d like to be entertained? For most of us we root for the good guy, the hero and the underdog. We get excited when the protagonist beats the odds, survives something unsurvivable or accomplishes a great feat. You see, deep down, it’s in our human nature to want to WIN. It’s in our human nature to BELIEVE. After all, the world’s combined entertainment industry is close to a whopping 2 trillion dollars. Human nature has clearly shown loud and clear the type of WIN we seek. Why can’t we go find this success ourselves?
It’s been an exciting summer. As I write to you now, I am staring out of my balcony window at the hotel Allegro in Bern, Switzerland. The clouds are puffy and are bouncing on the backdrop of the Swiss Alps. I’ve finished my morning prep for Roman Josi, Nico Hischier and Yannick Weber and soon, they will pick me up and I will try to follow them in an off-ice workout. (Not an easy task for the old guy writing this blog) .
Soon after it will be my turn and I will be leading them over different planes of movement, combining motor programming with movement patterns and all different types of dictating skill. It’s going to be awesome.
When someone is in their prime, reaching what seems like their max potential, we often say it's their "time". The time when they are feeling good, performing well, and it seems as if nothing can go wrong.
What we have learned is that everybody is destined for “multiple times”. I call them multitimes. (New Word in Webster) Your creator made you like that. You’re not supposed to just cruise through life. You’re not supposed to just go with the flow, heck you’re not supposed to have only “one time”. We must find our multitimes but they are hidden and are only reserved to those who push to figure out where to find them.
One would think that Roman Josi has it all. I mean he’s the captain of the Nashville Predators, he’s been an MVP at the World Championships, went to the Stanley Cup Finals, been an NHL All-Star, is considered as a top 10 defensemen in the world and heck he’s even getting married next summer! Life is good. People could say that this is Roman Josi’s time and in the macro sense I believe it is too. But inside of this timeline, there are possibilities for more.
Let’s define "multitime" as one’s ability to add deliberateness in an area of performance to increase the quality of their time. Multitime enough and it really becomes “your time” by either extending, improving, or simply enjoying increased work and life performance in your timeline. Seeing Jos this summer, it just hit me right across the forehead as it does every time I see it. He’s mutitiming in his own timeline.
How you might ask? Remember our good friend Anders Ericsson, author of the book “Peak”? Jos has gotten more deliberate about every area of his life. His relationships, his training, his nutrition, his work ethic, his discipline, his love for the game and his leadership. All that extra focus is a lot of hard work but the freebie is the compounding effect, it becomes a superhuman body armour that protects your spirit.
Think of a false peak. Do you know those ones when your hiking, you see it and your like, “There it is guys, we are almost there, almost at the top” and then a few minutes later, in the backdrop you see two more higher peaks and you’ve still got a way to go. It’s human nature to get deflated but it is really interesting that just seconds ago you we’re in “your time”, you were almost at the top. It’s all in your perspective. That’s when you need to multitime because that’s how you multiply.
You make conscious decisions to multitime inside your timeline which allows growth. False peaks now become, “ok, man let’s go, I am in one, enjoy that grind”. We all have our false peaks and they are great as long as you continue to climb the mountain. Most of us don’t. When we don’t make that team, perfect that move or climb up the team’s depth chart, we think “our time” is now over. We think we we’re destined for only one time.
This summer it’s happened for my good friend Roman and I am so excited to share it with you. For year’s Roman worked hard, played well, was a good teammate and has enjoyed many “times”. But instead of thinking, it’s been great, I am going to keep doing what I am doing, have a good career, and everything will be fine, he decided to multitime, building multiple additional wins inside his timeline. He decided to add a few things to his toolbox, a little more detailed, a little more specificity, you could say he stepped it up a notch. And boy, it is glowing and brimming from him head to toe!
Those multitimes allow confidence to breathe into the rest of your body, mind and soul. Do it long enough and it begins its compounding effect and becomes one with you and defines how you roll. All because of a decision to be deliberate about one’s timeline. What an impact. Awesome.
We can also multitime in the macro sense too. Life is all about peaks and valleys. The most successful people in the world have small dips, they enjoy long journeys at the peak and quickly get out of dips that are off-peak. But how? They multitime, they understand that peak performance has its setbacks. They understand and become deliberate about ways to get back up when a downturn happens. Guys, let’s face it, not everything is in our control. Stuff happens. Our office got a call the other day about a kid who broke his arm recently before his tryout. The coach didn’t know the player well enough to give him a spot on the team, he worked hard all summer and most considered him a shoe in to grab a spot. That’s clearly a disappointing dip on this young man’s flow chart, so how can he build up to another peak? Believe another time is coming. Because it always does. We can call that faith.
So, if it’s “your time” in the present, multitime to add to your timeline and stay on top of the mountain. Take that next step, add some deliberateness to your game and commit to grow. If your falling somewhere down the slope or dropped all the way to the bottom, believe there is another time. Dust yourself off, learn and accept what went wrong and get back on the mountain, you’ll find out pretty quick that with a little faith the next “Peak” is right on the horizon.