The playoffs began for my hockey team yesterday and our team played a fairly good game only to lose it in a sudden death shootout. This means we will face an elimination game on Sunday night. While I was getting through my day, I was largely distracted by the game-day buzz I get from a big upcoming game. By the time it’s an hour within game-time, I’m usually pretty pumped.
My pre-game routine for dressing is always the same, although not as “religious” as competitive players. Always the socks on first.. always taping the shin pads the same way etc. If I ever do anything differently or something changes, it tends to throws me off. Even something as minor as wearing different socks (hockey socks vs regular socks) will mess me up. I don’t think this is simply a hockey thing, or even a sports thing. My pre-game routine mentally prepares me to play so I try to keep it the same each time. But bad routines are ones that force you into comfort. And being comfortable in today’s world means you are not living life. If you are not changing and challenging yourself frequently, you are “dying”.
We are all victims of routine, whether it is a good routine or a bad one.
What routines are “religious” to you? What routines are you letting control your life?
The typical pre-game wall of sticks
Credit: Davis Chu