Ottawa Sens goalie Ray Emery led his team to the Stanley Cup a year ago and was rewarded with a large 3-year contract. Success seemed to get to his head and poor decisions were made (see – https://elitegoaltending.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/selfish-never-wins and https://elitegoaltending.wordpress.com/2008/04/18/selfish-lostselfish-lost) that effected the team. The Sens decided to move him but because of his attitude and poor play, no team wants him and he may be bought out of his contract losing millions of dollars.
How did this happen in such a short period? Easy. He began believing he was better than he really is, which leads to the following 13 steps.
- Hard work leads to playing well.
- Playing well leads to success.
- Success leads to people telling you how great you are
- People telling you about your great play leads to large ego
- Large ego leads to over-confidence in ones ability
- Over-confidence leads to lesser practice intensity
- Lesser practice intensity leads to poorer performance
- Poorer performance leads to lesser playing time.
- Lesser playing time leads to self-pity
- Self-pity leads to anger towards coaching staff/teammates
- Anger towards coaching staff/teammates leads to negative behavior
- Negative behavior leads to distraction towards team
- Distraction towards team leads to release from team
Can this happen to you? Answer is obvious – it is happening to someone who makes his living playing hockey so, of course, it can happen to you.
So, acknowledging the possibility it could happen, is it clear when you enter Step 3, you have a choice to make. You can either
- Continue down the path described above, or;
- Go back to Step 1 and make sure you never get to Step 4
Choice is yours.