“I could always control my effort. I could always control how much I could practice.”
“If I worked more than the next guy, that would give me the best opportunity to play in the NHL.”
Key Takeaways: This week we had the pleasure of talking to NHL’s Colin Wilson of the Colorado Avalanche. Of course we got the lowdown on how he made it into the NHL and some insight into what it’s like playing at the professional level. However, you’ll also want to check out Colin’s raw thoughts on the importance of meditation and mindfulness.
- Recruited after his first year at Boston University to Nashville
- The people he idolized were now the people he was playing against
- Entering the NHL, Colin felt both fear and passion. You’re fearing not being able to make a career out of it, but the passion also takes over.
- One of the biggest differences of collegiate hockey and NHL is that NHL is very methodical and mechanical. There’s obviously immense talent on the ice, so there also has to be a level of strategic and methodic thinking to really be able to perform.
- Colin had a sports coach who gave instruction on thoughts, mind, and consciousness
- Colin went to Sedona with a friend and was introduced to a breathwork and static dance ceremony. Both definitely changed the way he thought, since he was able to access a new level of mindfulness
- Colin uses The Muse everyday – helps guide his meditative sessions
- There’s a lot of things that you can’t control, but meditation teaches you that in those moments you have to just “be”
- Hear about what Colin does to help take care of his body after getting beat up in games
- Learn about both Colin’s physical and mental routine
- The NHL league as a whole is getting younger, so it’s hard for the “older” players to know how long they’ll be playing and how it drives them to keep their game as high as possible
- Talking post – NHL – hear about Colin’s plans for the future
- “There’s nobody who’s giving to give you the answers outside of yourself.”
- Everyone is human; everyone is trying to figure out their own path.
- There’s a big difference between people who say “I have all the answers” and “I have people around me who direct me to inward thoughts.” You want to become your own guru, but you also need people around you to support you and guide you in that inward thought process.