Napolean Hill states that there is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
Practicing the small intricacies of the position a goaltender must have a purpose every single time they are on the ice. Without a purpose lack of ambition begins to settle in which in turn creates those struggles that overtake performance.
One example sticks out in my mind that easily describes “definiteness of purpose”. Six years ago I was talking to a player who was preparing for his final year as a forward of CIS with the University of Manitoba. Discussing his training regime for on and off ice he stated that he would not even consider stepping on the ice until he was mentally ready to go 100% and push his standards to where they should be for the upcoming season. His reason? He did not want to feel the waste of being on the ice for no reason and for no development within his game. Weeks later, when he was ready, he was on the ice shooting pucks religiously with a purpose of picturing a goaltender in net and working on his release to the low corners of the net.
With this said, when you step on the ice throughout spring and summer make sure you have a purpose. Plan and Prepare!
Here is a simple formula that will help:
1) Create a demand from yourself to be persistent and to have continuous action of attainment of your small goals when on the ice.
2) Concentrate your thoughts on your small goals and create a clear mental picture before your training and during the process. Seeing is believing!
3) Clearly write down a description of your definite cheif aim of your training session. Put putting your thoughts on paper you will commit to them!
There are many struggles and strains when training for a 2-4 month period. Please, don’t allow the struggle of not having a purpose creep into your on-ice training!
Remind yourself each day: I have a purpose and I have a desire to possess it.