After my trip to Florida, my bowling went downhill. Not that I was particularly good to begin with, but I at least wanted to help, not hinder my team.
Practices did little. I couldn't tell what I was doing right when I would put the ball where I wanted to (5% of the time). More advice and junk wound up in my head. I got more frustrated.
Last week, something clicked.
One ball at a time. Damn the score.
I got the highest scores I've seen in weeks.
I'm seeing the same approach working with the Washington Capitals.
One game at a time. The past doesn't matter. The future ain't worth worrying about until we get this thing in front of us taken care of. Yeah - there's a goal, but one step at a time to get there. (Go to the site and listen to any of Coach Boudreau's daily dialogs to get a feel for where the team's head is at).
We saw the same approach work for the New England Patriots. One game at a time. They wind up winning 18 in a row (no comments on the Super Bowl please - I was rooting against them too).
Big accomplishments happen with tiny steps. An eye towards the goal, but a focus on the current step.
My current goal - 3 100+ games in a row.
One ball at a time.