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I had never been to professional hockey game. One time while visiting our corporate office in New Jersey, Peter, the President of our company came up to me and asked, “Hey Tony, would you like to go to the hockey game tonight? I’ve got 4 tickets and I can’t go.” I was up from Atlanta for an executive meeting and by myself. But, I had never been to a pro hockey game before, so I said yes. I invited one of my staff in the office and his wife to attend with me.
My first hockey game turned out to be a Stanley Cup match with the New Jersey Devils. I was excited to see the a fast-paced hockey game with a lot of excitement, OK – fights.
I watched the players skate around, pushing the puck around, passing to other players and going up and down the field, or rink in hockey. I watched and watched and watched and the buzzer goes off, signaling the END of the first period.
Now, I know hockey is a low scoring game, but I looked up at the scoreboard and saw the SOG = ZERO. SOG is Shots on Goal. That’s how many times a player TRIED to shoot the puck at the goal.
Zero, Zilch, NADA SHOTS ON GOAL. Holy Crap! Did I just watch a Figure Skating Competition? Was I at the wrong event? I was underwhelmed.
When I heard this quote, it reminded me of my first professional hockey game.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score – Unknown
If you don’t have a goal, you might spend your life running up and down the field and never score. If you don’t know what you need to do, you can only run around, up and down the field, never taking a shot on the goal. You could go on and on and never achieve your goal, because you don’t know what it is or what you have to do.
Now, just so you know, the New Jersey Devils went on to win the Stanley Cup that year. And I also realize now that both of the teams at the game I watched had ZERO Shots on Goal. Maybe that WAS their Goal during the first period.
Know what your Goals are. You’re the only one that needs to know, but you must have a goal or you could spend your life running up and down the field or rink and never score!
Go out Today and Get The Goals You Set & Score one for the Home Team!
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