Typically whenever you see a headline like this on my website it automatically is going to relate to the mental edge of playing hockey/sports as well as life. With sports you need the skills obviously but one thing a lot of athletes do not pay attention, ESPECIALLY young athletes is the mental aspect of the game. The mental aspect of the game can give you that slight edge and make you go from a borderline #6 forward, borderline top-four defense, #2 goalie to a sure top-six forward, top-four d-man and #1 goalie. So whenever I post something that does not necessarily have anything to do with hockey or sports, there is still a lot to take from these posts. As I hope you do, because I wish someone told me this information when I was 14,15,16,17,18,19 years old.
What does this mean exactly taking the past least traveled and why is it helpful/today's topic? Well to keep this "Sunday read" simple. Taking the past least traveled is hands down the best possible thing young kids can do but never do because one they are young and two because it is not cool to go off the "normal path" and create your own path. Three things one may learn when taking the path least traveled. (1) They will learn to become resilient. Through this you will become mentally strong and able to preserve when adversity comes. (2) They will learn to develop patience and confidence in themselves. (3)You will learn to CREATE opportunity and not take no for answer. How so? By taking the path least traveled you will fail, fall down and screw up several times. Why? Because there is no blue print for you, you have not foot steps to follow in. Therefore a lot of failure will happen, you will have no idea what to do in a lot of situations and you will need to be able to learn how to get back up when you fall down. With all that you will need to be mentally strong and be able to push through adversity when you are down. This is one of the best qualities one can possess and one thing a lot of coaches, bosses, etc will find extremely useful. If I am a coach and see a kid who can get back up after they have failed numerous times then I know he is someone who will be there for the team in pressure situations. As well with taking the path least traveled you have to have patience, you are going down a path that is unknown therefore do not rush anything and trust yourself. Which means you will need confidence because if you don't have confidence in yourself going down the road least traveled, good luck. Finally, taking the road least traveled you will need to be able to CREATE your own opportunity. How so? Ask to do things, be open to anything and make sure you are honest and open.
I am no expert on life, not the slightest bit, I am a 23-year-old from New York who never had anything handed to them. I made a ton of mistakes and will make a million more but the one thing I wish I knew and heard when I was young was "Take the path least traveled. Don't try to be cool". But, what I do now is that, which is why my mantra is this. I take the path least traveled, I do things many people my age will not do or ever try. I call it the path least traveled, but really I am just doing whatever it takes and usually that means taking the path least traveled because nothing you want will ever come easy so you're going to have to be ready to do whatever it takes. Taking the path least traveled is a lot like leading by example to me. Travel down that path, open doors for myself and show everyone else what they can be doing as well when they just take the chance and go all in on themselves.
I hope this was a good short, impactful, information packed read for you today. Remember nothing in life worth having is going to come easy. Take the path least traveled, it may not be cool or glamours but it will be worth it.
Question: What are you doing to step outside of your comfort zone?