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The 4 C’s of Hard Work

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Anything in life worth having never comes easy. It takes dedication, hard work, positivity and other qualities to obtain what we want. Hard work is never easy, that is why it’s called hard work. They all sound like simple qualities, but they are things that have to be integrated every time you step on the ice. It is not called hard work for nothing. 

To maintain a constant motivation is never an easy task, but the 4 C’s exist to contribute to help you obtain your peak performance. The 4 C’s are:

  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Composure
  • Concentration

Think of these four words as a three legged stool. If one of them is missing, it will be rendered completely useless or fall off balance.


Commitment is your dedication to your sport. It is not the amount of time you put in to it, it`s how much work you put it to the time you have. Any free time you have is an opportunity to excel. Commitment is putting in the work to develop fitness, technical skills and even tactical skills. It can be training just like it can be watching online videos of hockey. 

Confidence is the little voice inside your head that tells you to keep going. When your body is telling you to give up, your mind pushes you further. Confidence is built based on progress. To see where you are now compared to where you were before is what will boost it.

Composure is always staying humble. You must never gloat and never EVER think you are too good for something. To maintain composure will give you the discipline needed in your journey towards excellence. Always look to make improvements, work with motivation and realize that there is always room for improvement.

Concentration is your overall focus. You must concentrate on what you are doing at the time, all the while never forgetting what it is you want to accomplish. If you are aiming for a banner, every time you step on the ice, focus on what you can control in the present moment all the while visualizing holding on to that banner.

If you can apply these four C`s of hard work, you are on your way towards excellence.

Yours in female hockey

Monika Cormier

Coach Moncton Bantam AAA Stars

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