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Address to the Nation: The Score Will Take Care of Itself

So often we get caught into focusing on the macro.

If you’re not the weight that you want to be, if you’re not the right body type, if you don’t the income that you want, if you don’t have the success, if your business isn’t where you want it to be.

All these things where you look where you’re currently at and you look where you think you should be, or where you want to be, and there’s a gap.

So often it’s just like, I’m going to do it today, and you get a rush or a motivation to conquer your problems, to try and get to that place in a snap, and it doesn’t happen. It never does.

Then that rush, that moment, that intense feeling that came over you, fades away, and guess where you’re stuck? Back in the same place. Still where you’re at. Still with a gap between where you want to be and where you need to be.

In order to fill in that gap, it’s not about worrying about the macro thing or making some big leap or winning the lotto or receiving a microwave success type of solution. The answer is in the micro.

If you’re not where you want to be, think about what do I need to do, step by step by step? Day after day after day. Focus on the micro things and the macro will take care of itself. Like Coach Bill Walsh said in his book, “The score will take care of itself.”

So, if you focus on the finer details of your game, of your process, of your business, of the way you work – if you focus on being there early, being the first one there on time, the last one there to leave.

If you’re focusing on shooting, focus on not just shooting, but focus on the mechanics, focus on the finer details, focus on shooting in stride, focus on shooting with accuracy – before you know it, you’re scoring more goals. Before you know it, you’re doing more things.

I’m in that same situation. I’m big on emotions. I’m big with that rush of feeling of I’m going to conquer the world but you can’t conquer the world overnight.

In my hockey career, being in a leadership position, what I like to say in the locker room is take it one shift at a time. One shift at a time. You can’t win the game in one period, so take it one shift at a time. And that’s what I’m encouraging each and every one of you to do.

Take your life, take your circumstance, take wherever you’re at, and take it one shift at a time. Wake up, do the day to the best of your ability, go to sleep, repeat.
So, go out there, have the shift of your life. Focus on that one shift. All you have is your next shift. Focus on that shift, come back, rest, recover, reflect, and then focus on the next shift.

And if you keep doing that, day in, day out, shift after shift after shift, the score will take care of itself.









John knew that he wanted to play hockey from the age of four, and since then he's played in Juniors, Division 1 College, Professional hockey, and won 2 Goodall Cup Championships in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). When he's not playing hockey, he's teaching others how to play. As one of the founding members of the National Sport Academy (NSA), John's mission is to spread the sport of hockey across Australia, and provide elite training for those pursuing the game at the highest levels. John's drive, tenacity, and continual pursuit to 'Be Better' shines through in everything he sets out to do.




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