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The Next Save Is All That Matters

From different teachings around the world such as Buddhism it is taught that all we have is right now. This very moment and nothing else. What has happened is the past and cannot be changed, and what could happen in the future is out of your reach as well. Besides the enormous benefits of applying this principle to your everyday life, it can have a significant impact on your goaltending.

You cannot change if the last shot you faced went in and dwelling on it will take your focus away from the task at hand, which is stopping the next shot. There is no harm in reflecting back on prior shots in order to learn from them, but when you begin to over analyze you draw in unnecessary negativity and lose focus. Reflect back on a time when you were so upset about a goal you just gave up that you ended up giving up another goal because of your anger and disappointment. You were probably so wrapped up in the past that you were not concentrating on the current shot.

Getting caught up in the “what if’s” of possible future events in the game will also get you in trouble. Worrying about the score or if your team is down a few goals or how a player will react in a given situation, will only amplify the negativity and decrease your focus. It is the job of your teammates to score goals, not you. It does not serve you to be concerned about what you cannot control. The only thing you can control is how you react when the next shot is taken.

It does not matter if by the end of the game you make 30 more saves. What if you give up a goal on the next shot and then make 30 consecutive saves, but lose by one goal? If you focus on just making the next save you are in a much better position. By focusing on the next save it will allow you to clear your mind of what has transpired as well as what will be. Having a laser focus on the puck and a clear mind gives you the best chance to make the save.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha

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  1. July 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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