NHL Playoffs, Lessons Learned, And Why You’re Failing At Life

OMG, OMG, OMG <girly shriek>

The Stanley Cup playoffs kicked off last night and my hometown Jets are in!

This is my favourite time of the year, better than my wedding or the soon-to-be birth of my first born this coming fall (sorry, honey, you know I’m kidding!)

You see, I’ve always been a hockey fan.

BUT playoff hockey is that much more special.

It mirrors real life.

It’s full of battles that translate to your career or personal circumstances.

Struggles for power
Overcoming obstacles
Intestinal fortitude
Not caving in to self-doubt

OK, not so much that last one, but you get my point.

In playoff hockey, the team willing to put the MOST on the line, physically and mentally, and not let the prospect of LOSING enter their collective minds, comes out the victor.

The most SKILL is rarely if ever the determining factor.

And, really, the same rules apply in business, life and/or fitness.

Here’s why you’re failing 

Sure, you could blame your genetics for the sorry state of your health. But that’s too easy of a scapegoat.

If you approached your fitness (or whatever goal you have in mind) with a playoff hockey mentality, where losing isn’t an option, you’d get from Point A to Point B eventually because hard work would make it so.

That attitude – coupled with consistency and an intense desire to change – is an unstoppable force.

Have you grasped that yet?

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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.