A HOCKEY DAD'S PRAYERS

From the fourth grade on, I loved contact sports, particularly football. I was also very fortunate to have coaches who taught the importance of the mental preparation for the game and the effect of this preparation on its outcome—not necessarily on the score, but on the quality of the experience.

One important life-lesson for me was that any attempt to get psyched up to a mental state of intensity and aggression before the game actually resulted in weakening my performance instead of enhancing it.

February 11, 2002
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