Yes, Canuck fever has catapulted me back into blogging. What a series this has been!! Many of my clients of late have said something about the exciting Vancouver team during our chit-chat that precedes our session start.
What has stayed with me since Game 6 with San Jose was Henrik Sedin’s comment during his interview prior to sudden-death overtime. Sedin appeared confident and relaxed as he revealed Alain Vigneault’s message to the team : ‘to stay in the moment and have fun’. Wow! This message, simple yet powerful, to a high performance team is coaching at its best. Why? because it is a message highlighting the state of mindfulness. Vigneault is conveying to his team that he trusts their talents, their efforts and their preparedness and therefore all that is left is for them to enjoy the experience. With this trust and encouragement, his players are focused in the moment while confident in their play i.e. not worried about making a mistake.
The lesson for all of us here is to work hard, prepare well and then trust our ability to execute confidently while enjoying the experience, be it a job interview, an exam or a task. It is also a lesson on how we encourage others i.e. our team members, our employees, life partners or our children when they are faced with a project. ‘ Stay in the moment and have fun’ is a statement that highlights our trust in them which will ignite their belief in themselves.
Go Canucks Go!