Keep your stick on the ice

According to da.urbandictionary “The most basic and important piece of advice in hockey (and maybe even in life) Also possibly the most repeated advice from coaches, often screamed in frustration when some knob misses an easy tip into a wide open net because his/her stick is nowhere near the ice, or the goalie lets in a soft five-hole goal for the same reason.” It also has much wider metaphoric meaning which is how we use it here.

But let us get the hockey references up and running first:

It is easy and tempting to get too agitated after a setback. It is easy and tempting to raise your stick in a gesture of drama or agression.

Dont loose hope, just do the simple stuff that will let you make use of opportunity. When you raise your stick you have given up on luck. When you play to win, your stick is on the ice: According to Justin Pot: “Keeping your stick on the ice means you can shoot at a moments notice, important when you’re on the receiving end of a lucky bounce or a great pass.”

There is a point here however: Your overt actions and your inner state are connected by habits and motivations, not by a push rod. You dont actually need to get rid of the anger in order to get your stick down at puck level. Which would leve open the possiblity to let that inner state motivate some other more promissing action when opportunity comes along.

But why is this a good ides? How does it work? What are the benefits? How does drama, venting and catharsis relate to getting results? Does a habit of selfsoothing help you get control over yourself? Does selfsoothing get in the way of getting practical results? In what way is agression or anger helpfull towards getting stuff done? Why is the general advice on tempering anger at ods with our understanding of personal efficiency.

And how does agresssion relate to risk and risk aversion? You have heard the phrase that someone “is a killer” in some variety of business. This does not mean that they strangled the old and innept chairman of the board of the company. It somehow relates to a low level of risk aversion, but what exactly is going on? How does this work in theory and how can it ba adapted to your own strugles and life situation?

All of that is going to be sorted out for you on the following pages in this module.  So keep your stick on the ice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your overt actions and your inner state are connected by habits and motivations, not by a push rod. You dont actually need to get rid of the anger in order to get your stick down at puck level.

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