Grand Valley & District Minor Hockey Association: Inspiration

The Victor
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you’d like to win but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch that you won’t

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind!

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise
You’ve got to be sure of yourself
Before you can win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strongest or fastest man;
But sooner or later the person who wins
Is the person who thinks he can!


A Champion:
-Is a person that doesn't wait for others to start
-Is the first one at practice and the last one to leave
-Is a person that never makes excuses
-Is a person that gives 110% all of the time
-Never says never
-Is a person that others look towards doing the right thing
-Is a person who accepts the role that is given to them & does it with pride & to the best of their ability
-Is a person that never accepts failure in the game of life
-Always helps others around them to become better

Are you a Champion?

Winners vs Losers
When a winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong;”
When a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.”

A winner works harder than a loser and has more time;
A loser is always “too busy” to do what is necessary.

A winner goes through a problem;
A loser goes around it, and never gets past it.

A winner makes commitments;
A loser makes promises.

A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”
A loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

A winner listens;
A loser just waits until it’s his turn to talk.

A winner respects those who are superior to him and tries to learn something from them;
A loser resents those who are superior and tries to find chinks in their armour.

'There are only two options regarding committment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing in life as in-between'.....Pat Riley

"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intentions, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities."

"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

"In the war between falsehood and truth, falsehood often wins the first battle, but truth wins in the last." Mujibur Ruhman

"Winners win from the inside out; commitment is the first step!"

"Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill"....Muhammad Ali

Attitude Matters
"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst...a spark that creates extraordinary results."

'Think Big, Believe Big, Act Big and the Results will be BIG!'

'A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude'....Earl Nightingale

'Resolve to succeed. The greatest discovery one can make is that nothing is impossible'

'A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty'.....Sir Winston Churchill

'Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth's beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.'

'Pride is a personal committment; it is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.'

'Great players never look in the mirror and think, 'I am the greatest player.' You ask yourself, 'Am I the best player I can be?'...Michael Jordan

'I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.'...Martha Washington

'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.'...Aristotle

"The positive thinker sees the invisible, sees the intangible and achieves the impossible."

'The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.'...Dennis Waitley

"Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends."

'Those who say it can't be done are ususally interrupted by those doing it.'

'Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.' Lou Holtz

"You don't have to be great to get going, but you have to get going to be great!" Les Brown

"If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team." Bud Wilkinson, football coach

Believe & Succeed
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow."

'Success isn't something you chase. It is something you have to put forth the effort for constantly; then maybe it'll come when you least expect it'.....Michael Jordan

'Believe in yourself. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you look fear in the face. You must do that which you think you cannot do'.....Eleanor Roosevelt

'The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do'.....Walter Bagehot

'The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them'....Benjamin Jowett

'Some people dream of success...while others wake up and work hard at it.

'Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars....Les Brown

'Those who say it can't be done are ususally interrupted by those doing it.'

'The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it- as long as you really believe 100 percent.'...Arnold Schwarzenegger

'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.'..Eleanor Roosevelt

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."...John Quincy Adams

"True leaders are not those who strive to be first but those who are the first to strive and who give their all for the success of the team. True leaders are the first to see the need, envision the plan and empower the team for action. By the strength of the leader's committment, the power of the team is unleashed".

Team Play
'The challenge for every team is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another....Because the question is usually not how well each player played, but how well they played together'

A team of average players playing as a team, will always beat a team of stars playing as individuals

'The secret to success is to work less as individuals and more as a team.'......Knute Rockne

Our unity and resolve are our greatest strengths. Divided, we are halfway to defeat. United, halfway to victory.

Teamwork means that we share a common ideal and embrace a common goal. Regardless of our differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder, confident in one another's faith, trust and committment. In the end, teamwork can be summed up in five short words..."We believe in each other".

'The team on the top of the mountain didn't fall there'

'The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime'....Babe Ruth

'Meeting people halfway is the most significant trip we can take. We don't work for each other...we work with each other'

'You don't need a group of superstars to win but you do need a group of individuals working together as a team to win any Championship'...John Shorey on Team Canada's 2006 Junior Championship.

'Make a point to do something every day that you find challenging. This is the Golden Rule for acquiring the discipline to do your utmost without questioning the desire to apply yourself to be the best; for when you want what you've never had, you must learn to do what you've never done'

'Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored'.....Aldous Huxley

'Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.'

'The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital'...Joe Paterno

'What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.'

'To be where you've never been before, You have to do what you've never done before.'

"Life is hard; it always has been and it always will be. Accepting this reality somehow makes it easier."

"Practice like a champion today, and practice like a champion tomorrow, and soon you won't have to practice "LIKE" a champion, but rather "AS" a champion."

'I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.'...Michael Jordan

Never Give Up!
'Stick to the fight when your hardest hit; it's when things seem the worst that you must not quit!'

'What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog'...Dwight Eisenhower

'How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.'....Lou Holtz

'Winners never quit, and quitters never win!'

'Anyone can play on a winning team, but it takes true strength to lose and return to fight another day'

'You will miss 100% of the shots you never take'.......Wayne Gretzky

'Big shots are only little shots who keep on shooting'....Christopher Morley

'When you are playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder'......Don Coryell

'Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there'.....Will Rodgers

'When you cannot run any further, keep running.
When you cannot see yourself winning, win.
Because if you think of stopping, you will.
And if you see yourself losing, you will lose.
Never give up, for this is what your opponent wants you to do.'

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison

"There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them."...Clare Booth

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child".

'If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people'.....Old Chinese Proverb

'The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the others willing to let them'.....Robert Frost

'Take the initiative and lead the way. You can make a difference.'

'Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free — and worth a fortune....Sam Walton

'Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all'...Sam Ewing