The Value of Habits

Habits – they seem to be everywhere. Do you make your bed? Brush your teeth? Keep your room clean? The list goes on…

To me, habits are the little things that stand between success and failure. The little things that are the big things. Life is lived on the margins, the line between “making it” and not is so fine. Habits are what will ultimately separate the wheat from the chaff.

There are a lot of people in the world all trying to achieve things. Professionally, there are thousands of people who are trying to climb the ladder. A lot of people can do a lot of jobs, so what’s the difference between those who make it and those who don’t?

It comes down to habits – take care of your habits and you will take care of business.

What Does it Take?

Time. It takes time.

Success, achieving your goals, finding your way. It all takes time.

Long hours, short nights, early mornings.

If you want to achieve your goals, get to where you want to be, it takes time.

Time spent learning. Time spent growing. Time spent failing. Time spent exposing yourself to criticism. Time spent succeeding. Time.

Want to find success in life (however you define it)? It takes time.

James Clear: Average Speed

James Clear is a writer that I follow on Twitter. His blog is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone. He focuses on personal development and the path to becoming great. He published a great piece about Average Speed and how it’s about putting in work every day over time.

Read it here:

And follow his blog and on Twitter while you’re at it.


“Attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind” – Jim Harbaugh.

One of my favorite sayings from a successful head coach.

We face challenges and obstacles every day in life and every shift in hockey. It isn’t a question of if we are going to encounter something in the path to our goal, but rather how we meet that challenge.

Enthusiasm and energy have the power to overcome almost anything that stands in your way. If you’re excited to take on an obstacle, you have a much greater chance of success.

Example: Tuesday night we played a very good UNE team at home. We went down 1-0 early on a deflected point shot off of a DZ faceoff. Rather than feel sorry for ourselves, we answered with lots of energy – we continue to fight when we went down 2-1 after the first despite outplaying our opponent by a wide margin. The final score? 7-4.

I believe we won on Tuesday night not because of talent, not because of tactics, but because of the energy, effort and enthusiasm that our team showed throughout all 60 minutes of the game. It was infectious and spread like a virus throughout our bench. There was no doubt that we were going to win the game, regardless of what the score was.

“Attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind”

One Word 2016

For those of you that know author Jon Gordon, he has a book titled “One Word That Will Change Your Life

The premise is to create discipline through simplicity – find one thing to focus your energy on and use that as your guiding principle for the year. Every year, Jon has a new “One Word” for himself as a target area for growth. We all have areas that we can improve upon and ways that we want to do better in life.

Personally, my “One Word” for 2016 is punctuality. While this obviously refers to times for meetings, appointments and the like, I also believe it applies to other areas of life as well. I see punctuality including housework, grocery shopping, making my lunch every day, etc. I also see it as making sure I post to this blog every week (I think this is the first post since October???).

Punctuality requires diligence and a little more attention to detail in all areas of my life. Learning how to say no to something, or ask others for help when I truly can’t get something done. I know that focusing on my “One Word” for 2016 will help me become a better coach, husband, friend and person.

Stopping to Smell the Roses

The earth we live on is a truly amazing place. Think about it for a minute – it sustains life for hundreds of thousands of species of plants, animals and of course, humans. All while it is constantly changing and evolving underneath the surface. Pretty incredible when you think about it.

But how often do we do that? How often do we stop and see the earth and say “Wow!”?

Not nearly enough. We’re frequently too busy rushing off to the next man-made appointment, event, or to-do list, to truly appreciate all that the earth has to offer.

Who cares? Why is that important?


Taking time to look around, to just stare in wonder at the things around you broadens your perspective. It helps you to realize that the world existed before you did and will continue to exist after you’re gone. It gives you appreciation for the fact that we are guests on the planet, people who are sharing the environment with other people, animals, plants etc. That we aren’t quite as important as we think we are.

Developing your sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around you helps life to slow down. It keeps you from taking yourself too seriously, while encouraging a sense of creativity and adventure.

So the next time you’re driving down a road and see something cool, stop. Check it out. Wonder at the world around you – you never know what you might find.

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This morning, I talked about follow through and follow up. In that spirit, I’m going to post, for everyone to see, my plans for this blog for this coming year. I want you to hold me accountable. My goal is to DWISIWD and post on a regular basis.

My posting schedule for this year:

Monday – coaching thoughts, motivational thoughts, recruiting thoughts, books I’ve read, etc

Wednesday – Drill of the Week

Friday – a video blog of some kind, either clips from the pros, clips from practice, game clips, etc

My challenge is to follow through on this posting schedule. I look forward to challenging myself and hopefully you’ll stick around to hear my crazy thoughts!