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Thanksgiving Day; Time to reflect and give thanks

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Day;

Time to reflect and give thanks



All the best on a day we have a lot to be thankful for.  Sports are a true test of a person's authenticity and intangibles. Lifetime relationships are developed over a short period of time because of the dynamics of the sport, demands of the job and the people we have the opportunity to meet through our travels, time spent as an educator, Marines, NHL career and all of the summers @ Minnesota Hockey Camps in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Even our “Snowbird” experience has contributed to our many blessings.


The sports world is well known for short term relationships becoming lifelong relationships. We are blessed to have more than our share. With most we may be out of touch but we know in our own mind we can walk in unannounced and be accepted. There is something special about people who have purpose, reason and substance while being both ordinary and fun. They pass the authenticity test with flying colors; achievable assets all can acquire.


The game of hockey is full of people in all capacities who know the value of validating and anointing themselves beyond other's beliefs, evaluations, feelings, judgment and words..  We learn early on that we control our own destiny and in no way do others validate our worth and success. Take time to give thanks for the skill to validate and anoint yourself, skill to fit in, skill to express your skills and the skills to figure things out when coach, mentor and parent manuals do not have an answer. Give yourself a pat on the back for being ordinary and fun. Savor your skill to apply intense energy in an efficient manner.


We all recognize the need for support systems in every person's life, but it still comes down to each of us "just figuring it all out and just getting it done".  This process has a way of separating the strong from the Wannabes; people who believe they can make a difference versus people who think or wish they can be something.  Only those wanting to be strong survive but this does not eliminate the need for support!


Keep supporting each other and the results will be dynamic. We are all part of something much bigger than all of us combined; namely each person's life and career.  


Anxiety - There should be no anxiety when you are prepared.  Anxiety stems from lack of preparation. We will always be thankful for the programs @ MHC designed to reduce anxiety and help people help themselves. We are a piece of the puzzle and have been for over forty (40) years.


Performance evaluation - If you can't rank it, count it or rate it, you have a non-job.  Measurement does improve performance.  People capable of evaluating and constructively critiquing their performance are less likely to fail.  Management people with this capability want people around who will agree to disagree.  They do not allow solicitous praise to affect their judgment. People decisions are easier for coaches and players who understand where they fit.  We are grateful for a program that addresses the needs and assets of all involved.


“We only judge with the intent to improve. If we take time to judge, we need to help provide solutions because deficiencies and problems rarely just go away. Whether tough love; asking someone to accept what they do not want to hear when someone is in their face regarding a situation or simply being the reason someone smiles. While the latter is easy, we will always recognize the importance of:


Being tough on the right people, for the right reasons, at the right time.


Getting mad at the right people, for the right reasons, at the right time.”


This is how life works.


We believe we can reach young people through hockey with regard to lifetime values..  We also feel that our hockey classroom has as much to do with success as any academic course because everything we do is related to real life. In other words, we complement the academics. Getting the most out of both guarantees success if you have the skill to fit in to the group, skill to express yourself without inhibitions, skill to perform in critical moments and the skill to figure it out when you only have a split second to go with your instincts.    


"Constructively critique yourself, determine your assets and liabilities, improve/manage your liabilities, but your assets are going to take you where you want to go."


We are grateful for MHC’s physical plant, program and staff that create awareness and exposure of both assets and liabilities. This is our obligation and responsibility to staff and campers.


Our Template for Success Program proves that co-curricular activities should be a "required course" instead of an elective in our educational systems. There is no simpler way of constructively critiquing yourself than our Template.


Growth orientation - "We want you to become what we believe you can be."  Often times this is more than you expect out of yourself.  We are capable of seeing things in you that you cannot see.  This comes from past experiences with similar people and players.  How many of us get up in the morning to be what we can be?  It is human nature to get up every morning and be who we are versus what we can be.  We get into habits of training and we train to be what we are versus elevating our training to become as much as we can be. Be thankful for a mind that will not take the easy way out!


“High energy, with efficient effort is one formula for success.”


“Do something out of the ordinary; do everything hard and smart and be grateful for every blind spot that gets exposed by coaches, mentors, parents and teammates who care about your career and life.”


Whatever we accomplish; regardless of what and who we are, take time to give thanks to people and programs that impacted your life. We will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with youth and especially thankful to all mentors in our life. We are closing in on fifty (50) years working with youth. We made a good choice when we chose our line of work. The rewards are priceless and revered.


“Reciprocate for opportunity given and recognition, respect and reward will come your way.”


We have countless young people in our life who have done just that. We were able to carve out thirty plus (30+) years in the NHL because of players and teams who played to a level good enough to give us notoriety. How many people can say they owe their careers to all the young people who have gone on to become productive citizens and/or have professional careers; some excelling?  We are proud to be one of those.


Take some time to give thanks to those responsible for giving you opportunity to succeed in life. We are on record; giving thanks to all the young people who chose to make something special out of themselves. We are the beneficiary of your success stories and the score clock is still running because you will learn to do something out of the ordinary outside of creative assists, scoring goals and making a great save.


Also, a special thank you and salute to first responders, fire fighters, law enforcement and our service men and women; especially those currently deployed and those who paid the ultimate price. We also give a special shout out to our friends and family; especially our parents who brought us in to the world we experience every single day of our lives.


Life can change considerably in just a short time.


“Be willing to walk alone. Many who started with you will not finish with you. Always embrace walking alone. Take all the good out of any change. “


Most important in our mind, take time to give thanks to our Creator.


“We give thanks we are capable and willing to embrace challenges because of boldness, courage, determination, fortitude, prayers, strength and try emboldened and instilled in us by our Creator and Mentors in our lives.”


Have a Great Thanksgiving fm our MHC Family to yours


“Believe big, keep the rink big, play big, and think big; and big things will happen. Our toughest competitor in life is each of us getting up each morning to do something out of the ordinary, knowing our mind wants to get up and just be who and what I am. If we take time out of our lives to positively impact thousands of lives throughout our journey through life, while deifying our Creator, we will Die to Live On.” –Gringo-


Copyright by Chuck “Gringo” Grillo, Minnesota Hockey Camps, 24621 So Clark Lake, Rd P.O. Box 90, Nisswa, MN 56468-0090 Phone 2189632444 Cell 2188218400 Fax 2189632325


Email: chuck@mnhockeycamps.com


All rights are reserved. No part of this book, blog OR template may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without permission in writing from Minnesota Hockey Camps


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