Future hockey Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr had this advice to his young protégé, Philadelphia Flyers superstar Claude Giroux when Giroux hit a scoring slump in January of 2012:
“No matter how good you are, you are going to go through this. I was pretty good and went through it. When you are not the top [scorer], nobody really cares about it. You don’t score for 10 games? Nobody knows that.
“But when you’re a top guy, they expect you to score every day. I don’t worry about it. Nobody should worry about it”.
This does not mean don’t care.
It means don’t worry.
When we hit a slump in our lives, the more we bear down, the more things seem to get worse.
When we’re on our game everything comes easy.
But when we’re in a slump, nothing comes easy.
The best way to get off the schnide is not by turning yourself inside out to break out of life’s losing streaks, but to stop worrying about it and go on.
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