Show Up Knowing You’ll Get a Chance

We’ve all heard the line, “Showing up is half the battle.” The second half of the battle, of course, is getting the chance to make the score. Sunday’s Olympic hockey battle between the US and Canada was no different. What was unique, however, was how the players spoke about the game in these exact terms afterward.

Sidney Crosby, the Canadian player to make the final, winning goal (I say this for those who accidentally locked themselves in the storm cellar on Sunday) said that he didn’t actually remember the play leading up to the goal. Just that he was somewhere around the left-hand side of the net and that it went in. What he did know, however, was that, “I felt like I was getting chances and usually when you’re getting chances they’re eventually going to go in.”

Well, exactly.

Jonathon Toews, who scored the first goal of the game for Canada, said, “I just had that feeling that it was going to happen, that I was going to find a way to score.”

So, what does all this hockey stuff mean for the average business owner? Like a hockey player, we get opportunities; ours, of course, are in the form of networking events, social media, word-of-mouth and RFPs. Show up to all your opportunities knowing that you’ll get a chance. Bring your best game, be impeccable in what you offer, stay focused and, eventually, something great will come of it.