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Elevate Your Year with the Power of Coaching!

Are you ready to turn 2024 into your best year yet? Or perhaps you're simply eager to make significant progress from where you stand in 2023. Regardless of your goals, one thing remains certain: partnering with a coach is your ultimate secret weapon to supercharge your journey.

Achieve the Extraordinary: Picture a year where you not only meet but exceed your wildest aspirations. A year where your dreams become your reality. That's what awaits when you commit to working with a coach who's dedicated to propelling you towards success.

Unleash Your Potential: 2024 holds the promise of greatness, and with a coach by your side, you'll be unstoppable. Whether it's personal growth, career advancement, or mastering life's challenges, coaching is your surefire strategy to elevate every aspect of your life.

Make Every Moment Count: Life is too short to let another year slip by without seizing the opportunities it offers. A coach empowers you to make the most of every moment, guiding you to maximize your potential and create lasting, positive change.

Invest in Yourself: The most successful individuals in the world understand the value of investing in themselves. With coaching, you're not just investing in a year; you're investing in your future, your dreams, and your happiness.

Your Future Awaits: The choice is clear—2024 can be your best year yet. Are you ready to make it happen? Don't leave your success to chance; stack the deck in your favor with the guidance of a dedicated coach.

Get Started Today: Your journey to an extraordinary year begins now. Take that crucial first step towards unlocking your full potential, achieving your goals, and embracing the life you deserve.

Ready to make 2024 your year of triumph? Contact us today to discover how working with a coach can set you on the path to unparalleled success. Your future self will thank you for this life-changing decision.

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On my Zoom Call went through my 2024 Best Year Yet Questionnaire and shared my own answers to the questions.  This is the exact process I've used to plan to make my 2024 my best year yet.  Sign up to see the recording and you'll get the Questionnaire and I'll invite you to schedule a free 1 to 1 call with me.  There's no obligation and no pressure.  At the end of our 1 to 1, if I think I can support you, I'll ask if you want me to come back to you with a proposal for how we might work together.  Sound fair enough?  Now, click that button and sign up.

Why hire a coach?
Simply put, coaching works! 

What can we work on together in 2024?

Work and Career Goals

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Unleash Your Potential with Clarity Coaching!

Are you ready to experience the transformation you've been waiting for? Clarity coaching is the key to unleashing your true potential and living your best life. Whether you want to excel in specific areas or achieve success across all aspects of your life, Clarity coaching is your universal solution.

Break Free from Limitations: We often compartmentalize our lives into roles, buckets, or categories. But deep down, we are all one being, experiencing life in countless ways. Clarity coaching taps into that core essence, helping you break free from the constraints that hold you back.

Experience Life in Its Fullness: Discover the profound impact that Clarity can have on your life. When you're living in a state of Clarity, you'll find yourself effortlessly giving your absolute best. No longer burdened by constant mental clutter, you'll clear the path to achieving bigger and better results in all that you do.

Happiness, Resilience, and Success: Clarity is the key to unlocking more happiness in your life. You'll find yourself enjoying life's moments to the fullest and bouncing back swiftly when challenges arise. With Clarity coaching, you'll have the tools you need to thrive in every situation.

Affordable Transformation: At Clarity Coaching, we believe that transformation should be accessible to all. Our coaching packages are designed to suit your needs and budget, with options ranging from just $299 to $4,999 CAN. It's an investment in yourself and your future that's within your reach.

Don't let life's challenges hold you back any longer. Embrace Clarity coaching and watch as your life transforms in ways you never thought possible. Unlock your full potential, experience true happiness, and achieve the success you deserve.

Are you ready to embark on your journey to Clarity? Contact us today to learn more and get started on the path to your best life. Your future self will thank you.


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How does this coaching thing work? 

Schedule a call with me. I'll ask you a bunch of questions to try to get an understanding of what's going on for you and what you're looking to achieve for 2024. If I think I can support you, I'll come back to you with a proposal of how we can work together.  

Programs can include regular coaching sessions (on Zoom), weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Sometimes we start with a 2-3 day immersion.  Planning packages typically include 2-3 sessions, while 1:1 coaching and group coaching packages are 6-12 months.  Since this program is geared around 2024, most cases will be 12 month durations.  Each client is unique and programs are customized accordingly.  It all starts with a Zoom call.  Schedule yours now. 

Here's what some of my past clients experienced working with me.

Elaine Wright

Greg is magic! He has been a gigantic support, helping me get visible across social media when quite frankly I was beginning to think none of this was going to be possible: I consider myself an unstructured technophobe!
Without him I wouldn’t have even known where to start , it’s incredible! In only a few weeks after working with him my webinar is ready to launch.

I honestly don’t know how he did this; the whole process has been so easy, fluid and structured. And I feel a very safe under Greg’s guidance helping me create content, that reflected me and my personality, whilst providing precious feedback that motivated me to move forwards. The best part of this for me was that Greg seemed to understand exactly what I needed and how to do it even when I myself didn’t fully understand what I was doing!

His tireless patience and understanding is remarkable. I also got far more in terms of support, that what I presumed I’d get. I also couldn’t believe how rapidly Greg turns things around from just an idea into a physical product.
His tech skills and graphics creativity have really enhanced the final product and for which Greg removed a huge weight off my back.

This has made a huge difference to my working life and even my personal life as he removed a huge weight off my back.
I honestly recommend anybody who is struggling to get their stuff out there to work with Greg because apart from his tech competency and coaching competency, I really appreciate his support-full human-ness.

He is just awesome!

Patrick Hickman

Working with Greg, I’ve had a number of realisations through talking out loud about some of the hesitations I have that otherwise wouldn't have happened. For me, that's moved me forward.

Having gone through the sessions with Greg, who coaches from a 3-Principles & Clarity perspective, it’s a lot clearer that they are compatible with my initial model of coaching. I can approach my coaching now more confidently whilst bringing along that clarity through principles background.

It was about: So, am I moving forward? Am I burning off some of the mist? Right... and that's where the value of working with Greg has been for me.

I would recommend working with Greg. It's been a very good experience in terms of being able to talk through blockers, identify things in my thinking and have those realisations without feeling pressure.

Working with Greg was easygoing, inspirational, insightful and, in some ways, transformational. It's kind of like I see things a little bit differently than I did and in some cases a lot differently.

Andree DeGuise

I have attended multiple Leadership courses in my career, but few were as impactful as Greg’s Coaching and Mentoring for Leaders. The format was simple and effective, focused on the fundamentals (but going beyond the obvious), and ultimately our discussions allowed us to deepen and personalize each topic. This was complemented by Greg’s coaching, so we really got to put it into practice. I would highly recommend if you feel you need to take a step back and re-evaluate your path going forward.

Greg is the ultimate people person. He has a way to listen, bring in some perspective and make you realize things you probably wouldn’t be able to find out on your own. It’s been a pleasure working with him all those years and most recently as a formal coach. Thanks Greg!


After working with Greg, I feel so much lighter and at peace and at ease. I'm not trying to figure it out constantly. I don't feel that pressure of “I have to”, “I have to”, “I have to”. I don't have to do anything really.

Working with Greg was easy. Easy and insightful. I don't have to try so hard.

I now have confidence in knowing that I am a coach. I really hid from that before these sessions. I didn't tell people that I was a coach because I felt like I had to have it all together in a pretty package to be able to call myself a coach and my life had to be perfect to call myself a coach. Now I see that that's not true at all.

I would absolutely recommend Greg for coaching. When Greg is coaching, he’s not on a mission to get you somewhere. He just offers you a space, he calls it the insight friendly space. He doesn’t force that to happen. It just happens. It’s insightful and easy.  


Hey Greg, I am so deeply grateful that you're in my world. Through our connection and my work with you, I feel like my life has rebooted!

For years I had been trying to develop a profession and a business that expressed what I deeply care about and had the kind of impact I've wanted to have in the world. And for years I was making frustratingly little progress.

Now I know I'm DOING that - with a naturalness and ease I treasure every day. Thank you so much!

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On Nov 28, I recorded a Zoom Call for you.

On my Zoom Call went through my 2024 Best Year Yet Questionnaire and shared my own answers to the questions.  This is the exact process I've used to plan to make my 2024 my best year yet.  Sign up to see the recording and you'll get the Questionnaire and I'll invite you to schedule a free 1 to 1 call with me.  There's no obligation and no pressure.  At the end of our 1 to 1, if I think I can support you, I'll ask if you want me to come back to you with a proposal for how we might work together.  Sound fair enough?  Now, click that button and sign up.

Follow along as I count down to 2024 using some of my favorite hockey players and my home team the Toronto Maple Leafs.  I'm hoping 2024 is there best year yet.
Go Leafs Go!

In my experience, one of the most leveraged activities is planning. I’m remined of this quote:

“Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” By Dwight D. Eisenhower

There are 100 days until 2024. While 2024 still seems a long way out, now is a great time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish in the new year.
Imagine, it’s a year from now and I bump into you at a coffee shop, and I asked you, “how’s 2024 been so far?”

Suppose you were to answer that “it’s been an awesome year!”
I’d say, “No kidding what’s been awesome about it?”
What would you say? What’s been awesome?

And so, it begins. In your answer is a glimpse at what you want to create and what the life you want to live looks like.

For me, the number 99 conjures images of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, gliding around the ice, seemingly scoring at will. I’m reminded of a quote from Wayne:

"You miss a hundred percent of the shots you don't take."

As 2024 inches closer, what shots are going to take to make 2024 a great year?
Don’t know? That’s okay. Most people probably haven’t even thought about next week, let alone next year. What happens If you take a moment and think about it? Are there things you’d like to accomplish in 2024?

As a coach, one of the things I do is I help people become present to their heart’s desire. To discover what it is that they want to do or create and why. To get clarity around their “dream come true” result.

Remember, "You miss a hundred percent of the shots you don't take."


This upcoming NHL season is sure to be exciting with rookie superstar Connor Bedard starting his career with the Chicago Blackhawks. The reason Bedard comes to mind is because he wears number 98, and today there are 98 days until 2024.
I plan to make 2024 my best year yet, and as a coach, that means helping people like you, have a great 2024 themselves. It all starts with imagining what you want. A great question to get started with is:

If you went to sleep tonight and woke up in the morning and realized that you’d transported into the future a year from now, and a miracle had happened, where everything was exactly the way you wanted it to be, how would you know the miracle had occurred? What would you see? What would you hear? What would you feel? What would you know, that would let you know that the miracle had occurred?

I’m sure that for Connor Bedard, his answer would include winning rookie of the year, and if he dared to be bold enough, winning the Stanley Cup would be in there.
How bold will you be when you answer this question?

You can’t think of the number 97 (or at least I can’t) without thinking of Connor McDavid. McDavid is currently the best player in the NHL according to most pundits and anyone with eyes.

I’ve heard sports analysts comment that McDavid is so far ahead of the other players that he’s essentially playing a different game.
As 2024 approaches, it’s a good time to think about your own game and where you want to take it in 2024. I’m looking to connect with people who want to make 2024 a great year for themselves, even if they don’t yet know how, or even what a great year would look like.
Are you one of these people? Here’s how you’ll know:

  • Are you looking for more in 2024 than what you’ve got in 2023? More happiness, fulfillment, love, success, money, opportunities, freedom?
  • Are you tired of each year rolling into the next where nothing changes? Is it finally time to do something about it?
  • Do you have a sense that there’s more to life than what you’ve been doing but you can’t seem to figure it out?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’d love to connect with you and see how we can make 2024 your best year yet.

#91 John Tavares, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs is a model of professionalism and consistency.

As the 2023-2024 NHL Season is about to kick-off, JT and the Leafs are looking to build off their first-round win in last year’s playoffs and go deep into the post season and hoist the Stanley Cup.

Of course, just because that’s their goal doesn’t mean they’ll achieve it. Leafs fans like me know that all too well. 😊

What are your goals for 2024? Maybe you don’t know yet.

I’m looking to help people like you make 2024 their best year yet.
As a coach, I’ll help you get clear on what you want to achieve and coach you along the way to getting it. Just like the Leafs and their goals, there will be hurdles to overcome and the outcome is anything but certain. Don’t let that uncertainty get in your way. When you approach the game like John Tavares, in a professional and consistent manner, every day, good things happen, and progress is made.

Are you ready to make 2024 your best year yet? Only 91 days until 2024.

78 days until 2024.

#78 TJ Brodie is one of the Leafs most trusted defensemen. Brodie logs lots of ice time and is usually out against the opponent’s top players. Brodie knows his role and executes it as well as anyone. He blocks shots, he boxes opponents out, he sacrifices his body to make plays and he does what it takes to limit the other team’s chances to score.

As 2024 approaches do you know your role? Do you know what you want to accomplish? Are you willing to do what it takes to make it happen?

I’m looking to work with some clients who want to answer YES to these questions. I see each new year as an opportunity to reset and make the coming year our best year yet.

Don’t settle for another year of the same old, same old. Something new and exciting is just a few clicks away. 78 days and counting. What are you waiting for?

75 days until 2024.

A newcomer this season to the Leafs, #75 Ryan Reaves brings a presence and a toughness that this team desperately needs. Although the NHL has evolved from its roots, which were full of fighting, to a faster, highly skilled, finesse game, the toughness, grit and swagger that Reaves provides can go a long way to helping the team reach its goal. Is Reaves alone the missing link that this team needs? Unlikely, but he may be one important piece to the larger puzzle. Time will tell.

What would happen if you brought a Ryan Reaves level of swagger and toughness into the new year with you. No fear, no backing down. What if you could just go for it?

As a coach, I can tell you that it’s entirely possible for you to take on the new year like this. You already have everything you need; you just don’t realize it yet.

If the idea of making 2024 your best year yet appeals to you, let me know. I’d love to connect with you and see if we can’t land some Reave’s style haymakers to your limiting beliefs and knock them out of the game. What do you say? Do want to go?

64 days until 2024.

David Kämpf #64 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is a low key, under the radar kind of player. He isn’t flashy, nor at the top of the list of players you would think of, yet he’s a very important player on his team.

Kämpf is a face-off specialist and is often called upon to take the draw at the start of overtime when winning that first possession can be the difference between winning and losing. Kämpf knows his role and plays it perfectly.

As you look ahead to 2024 you may have some flashy or big goals you want to achieve, and you might also have more low key (Kämpf) style goals. You may only have low key goals, and that’s just fine.

Whatever it is you’re looking to achieve in 2024 the best way to get there is to set a direction and then take the next step, then the next step and so on.

What is your next step?

60 days until 2024.

Leafs backup goalie Joseph Woll is hardly a household name, but time will tell if he can work his way to a starting position, maybe as soon as next season.

Last year, Woll was a surprise starter in two playoff games in round two, winning one, but losing the deciding game that knocked the Leafs out. After that win, Woll gave an interview that gave some insight into how he’s been so successful in his young career. “I’m not thinking.” He’s operating in the present. He’s not thinking about the past, not thinking about the future, just being in the present moment.

This is a great way to approach hockey, and also a great way to approach life. As you think about 2024, I can assure you that where you’ll have the most success is in the areas where you are most present. When you’re operating from clarity, your mind is freed up to use its innate capacity for creativity, insight and realization, to propel you to success.

55 days until 2024.

#55 Mark Giordano is synonymous with professionalism. Gio has played over 1100 games in his 18 years in the NHL. At age 40 he’s still contributing and playing a key role on the Toronto D core. Gio started his career with the Flames in 2005, the same year Conor Bedard, this year’s 1 round pick, was born. Gio is a great example of resilience, perseverance, and longevity.

How is it that Gio has lasted so long in a league where the average career is 4.5 years? My guess is that he’s fully dedicated to his craft, which means training, eating, sleeping like a pro-athlete, 24/7, 365. I would assume his love of playing hockey runs so deep that he has managed to keep father time at bay, at least for now. Will Gio come back for the 24-25 season? I hope so, but if he hangs up his skates, he’ll go down as one of best in the game.

What’s your plan for 2024? Are you bringing the passion, professionalism, dedication, and resilience to your work like Mark Giordano? I’m pretty sure Gio wants to win a cup this year. What’s your goal? What’s your version of the Stanley Cup?

Maybe you don’t know yet, which is just fine. Few people do. I’m reminded of this great quote from Earl Nightengale:
“Most people tiptoe their way through life, hoping they make it safely to death.”

I know I spent many years of my life tiptoeing, but no more.

44 days until 2024.
Morgan Rielly #44 has been the backbone of the Leafs’ defence for the past decade. He’s not the flashiest player but his consistency and reliability is in the upper echelon of D-men in the NHL. Last season Rielly battled through injuries and had, by his standards, an off year. His determination to contribute to the team despite his injuries and his resilience and perseverance to return this year, in top shape and ready to go, is a testament to his  professionalism and value to the team.
Did you have setbacks in 2023 or years earlier? Did you know that you have a source of resilience and healing at the core of your being that’s made it possible for the human race to survive and thrive for thousands of years?
What do you want 2024 to look like for you?
Will this be the year you make your dreams come true?
Will this be the year you live fully in the present and enjoy every moment regardless of what the circumstances are?
Will 2024 be filled with love, prosperity, and joy?
Will 2024 be your best year yet?
Let’s find out together.
34 days until 2024.

To mark the occasion let’s look at the Leafs #34 Auston Matthews. Matthews was the first pick overall in the 2016 draft and he’s been lighting it up ever since. In 2017 Matthews won the Calder Trophy as top rookie and in ‘21/’22 he scored 60 goals and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top scorer.

Matthews is the face of the team and is a pleasure to watch. Despite all his goals and awards, he’s still hungry for that one that Leaf’s nation has been waiting for since 1967, the Stanley Cup. Will Matthews and his teammates be able to deliver Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Toronto? Time will tell but that is undoubtedly the goal.

What’s your goal? More specifically, what’s your goal for the coming new year? Don’t know yet. That’s cool. Most people haven’t even thought about it. Today I’m running a Zoom call at noon (Eastern) to share the process I’m using to make my 2024 the best year yet. I invite you to join me and see if you have any insights into what you want to do in 2024, and how to go about making it happen.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make 2024 your best year yet.

25 days until 2024.

Conor Timmins #25 is a fairly new face on the Leafs. Timmins had a great pre-season and seemed poised to make a big contribution this year, but the injury bug stopped him in his tracks. Injuries are something that Timmins is all too familiar with.  After missing the first couple months of the season, he’s back and playing a critical role on a d-core that’s been short handed all season.  Timmins is a resilient player who hasn’t let injuries derail his NHL career.  Each time he’s been hurt, he’s come back ready to play and contribute any way he can. 

How resilient are you?  When you have a setback do you dust yourself off and get right back on the horse? 

As the new year approaches, it gives each of us a chance to reset and come back stronger and more determined to do the things we want to do, to live the life we want to live. 

Recently I’ve been diving deep into the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, with a couple coaching colleagues of mine.  This time through the book I was really struck by Covey’s assertion in habit 1, “You are the creator.” Let that sink in for a minute or two.  “You are the creator.”

What do you want to create in 2024?

22 days until 2024.

Jake McCabe #22 brings a physicality to the Leafs back end that they desperately need. McCabe is a hard hitting, aggressive, offensive-minded defenceman. His level of compete is a model for how the team should play, particularly in the playoffs. At times his aggressiveness can be costly, either by taking penalties or by getting out of position, but it’s a small price to pay for getting the team motivated and competing at a high level. In other words, the risk is worth the reward. Just last night, McCabe had some big hits that got the crowd into the game and was certainly a factor in the Leafs 4-0 win over the Predators.

What kinds of risks are you willing to take? What kinds of rewards would you need to make the risk-reward equation work for you?

In 2024 I’m ramping up my tolerance for risk. Not only am I going to be jumping in the pool, I’m going to be yelling “Cannonball” and making big waves. 2024 will be my best year yet.

How about you? What have you got in mind for 2024?

16 days until 2024.

Mitch Marner #16 is one of the most creative and fun to watch players in the league. On Thursday he scored on a ridiculous between the legs move as part of the Leafs’ third period come back versus the Blue Jackets. Throughout his entire career, Marner has proved that his smaller size was more than compensated for by his creativity and heart. Recently, Marner took a puck to the face and in the next game, wearing a full-face shield he scored a hat-trick. If I had to describe Marner in one word, that word would be FUN.

As I look forward to 2024 that’s the same word I want more of in my life. I want more fun. How about you?

Well, fun doesn’t just happen. Well, sometimes it does, but if you want more fun in your life, you can create it. You can plan for it. You can enter each day with the intention of having fun. As strange as it may sound, even making these posts with hockey players representing the days left in 2023 has been lots of fun for me. For the last 10 days of 2023 I’ll be posting the top 10 Leafs of all time. Now, that will be fun.

Are you ready to make 2024 your best year yet?

11 days until 2024.

Max Domi #11 is beginning to find his old form as the season progresses.  Having Domi on the Leafs is like having an old family friend visit.  As the son of former Leaf tough guy Tie Domi, Max has been welcomed with open arms and with great anticipation.  Unlike his father, Max is expected to contribute to the team with great passing, solid defense, and timely scoring.  The true test and contribution for Domi will come once the team makes the playoffs.  That’s where his experience, tenacity and compete will benefit the team the most. 

When I think of Domi, it makes me think, “Tell me you’re a hockey player without telling me you’re a hockey player.”  Domi’s toothless grin is a dead giveaway. 😊

Are you following in your father’s footsteps or are you blazing your own path through life.  Either way it’s important to own what you’re doing, particularly if you want to play an active role in creating the life you want. 

10 days until 2024.

I’ve been counting down the days until 2024 using jersey numbers of some of my favorite players, but now that we’re 10 days away, I’m shifting gears and using a top 10 Maple Leafs list.  Starting with the great Dave Keon.

The Toronto St. Michael’s product was a Maple Leaf from 1960-75. He stands third all-time in franchise scoring with 858 points. He led the team in scoring once in the expansion era (1969-70).

The native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec won the Calder Trophy, Lady Byng and Conn Smythe. He may have won them all before 1967, but he still belongs on this list. Keon was Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

With 2024 right around the corner, now is a good time to think about what type of year you want it to be.  For me, I plan on making it my best year yet.  I invite you to do the same.

9 days until 2024.

I’m counting down the last days of the year with the top 10 Maple Leafs of all time.

Lanny McDonald was drafted fourth overall by the Maple Leafs in the 1973 Draft. He paired up with captain Darryl Sittler to become a dynamic duo from 1973-80.

The native of Hanna, Alberta tied Sittler for the team lead in scoring in 1976-77 with 46 goals and 44 assists for 90 points. His most memorable moment as a Leaf came in 1978. Tha’s when he scored the overtime goal in Game 7 to eliminate the heavily-favoured New York Islanders. The Islanders would go on to win four straight Stanley Cup titles after that upset.

The Medicine Hat Tigers graduate would go on to win a Stanley Cup with his boyhood team, the Calgary Flames. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

If you want to get a kickstart to making 2024 your best year yet, you can use my questionnaire and worksheet.

8 days until 2024.

Rick Vaive was drafted fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1979. He got traded to the Maple Leafs in his first NHL season. With fan favourite Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams going the other way in the deal, the pressure was on from Day 1.

Nicknamed Squid due to his Charlottetown, PEI roots, Vaive wore the blue and white from 1979-87. He led the team in scoring three times to become the fastest player to reach 500 career points with the team at the time (495 games).

Vaive also became the first player in franchise history to score 50 goals in 1981-82. He followed that up with two more 50-goal campaigns.

It’s Christmas eve today. If you could ask Santa for just one thing that would make 2024 the kind of year you want it to be, what would you ask for? 

Although its fun imagining what Santa could bring you, it’s far more effective to realize that you don’t need anything from Santa. You’ve already got everything you need to make 2024 your best year yet.


7 days until 2024. Merry Christmas!

Doug Gilmour made a big splash in Toronto when he was acquired from the Calgary Flames in a 10-player deal in 1991.

The Kingston native was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round of the 1982 Draft. Then, he was traded to the Flames and won a Stanley Cup in 1989. However, his personal bests were all set with the Maple Leafs from 1991-97. Gilmour led the team in scoring twice over that time.

The Cornwall Royals product won the Selke Trophy in 1992-93 and was named captain in 1994. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and his #93 has been retired by the team.

Gilmour was affectionately nicknamed “Killer” as a reflection of his tenacity and physical style of play despite his small stature. 

What would happen if you borrowed a little of Gilmour’s killer instinct and applied it to 2024?  What would be possible for you?  Would 2024 be your best year yet?

6 days until 2024. Happy Boxing Day!

I’m counting down the remaining days of 2023 with the top 10 Leafs.

Mitch Marner was drafted fourth overall by the Maple Leafs in 2015 and has led the team in scoring three times already.

The product of the London Knights set a franchise record this season, recording a point in 23 consecutive games. Then, he became the second fastest player in franchise history to collect his 500th point, reaching the milestone in just 467 games.

Playing Robin to Auston Matthews’ Batman, the Markham, Ontario native is a key member of a team with Stanley Cup aspirations.

It’s boxing today which means many people are out in the stores looking for the things they wanted but didn’t get for Christmas, or they’re out looking for deals. I think of the new year as kind of a macro boxing day for the year that’s just ended.  It’s an opportunity to get the things you wanted but didn’t get. 

If I could wave a magic wand and you could have all the things you wanted in 2023 but didn’t get, how would you know the wand had worked?  What would you see? What would you hear? What would you feel? What would you know, that would let you know the magic wand had worked? 

5 days until 2024.

I’m counting down the remaining days of 2023 with the top 10 Leafs. We’re into the top 5 now.

Wendel Clark was the heart and soul of the franchise during his first of three tenures with the team from 1985-94. He never led the team in scoring but he was the straw that stirred the drink for many years.

The Kelvington, Saskatchewan native was drafted first overall by the Maple Leafs in 1985. He started out playing defence for the Saskatoon Blades before moving up to forward for his NHL career.

Clark was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in 1994 in a huge deal that included Mats Sundin coming to Toronto. He returned to the team from 1995-98 and then again in 1999-2000. He racked up almost 1,700 minutes in penalties for his career. Clark was tough as nails and equally capable of hitting and fighting as he was at scoring goals.

This lull between Christmas and New Years is a great time to slow down and reflect on the past year. If you look back over the year it can be helpful to reflect on: 1) What can you celebrate?  The bar doesn’t have to be high to be worthy of celebrating.  2) What lessons did you learn or what insights did you have that you can carry forward with you?

4 days until 2024.

I’m counting down the remaining days of 2023 with the top 10 Leafs.

Auston Matthews is the rising star of the franchise and is quickly becoming known as one of the leagues all-time great goal scorers.

The Arizona native was drafted first overall by the Maple Leafs in 2016. Matthews has led the team in scoring three times. This season, he became the fastest player in franchise history to reach 500 points, taking just 445 games to do so.

The product of the United States Development Program played one season with Zurich of the Swiss League before joining the Leafs. Two seasons ago (2021-2022), he became the first Maple Leafs player to score 60 goals enroute to winning the Rocket Richard and Hart Trophies as well as the Ted Lindsay Award. He has also won the Calder Trophy (2016-17) and Rocket Richard Trophy (2020-2021).

Imagine having an award-winning year in 2024. Being at the top of your game and accomplishing or surpassing your goals. What would that get you that you otherwise wouldn’t have?  Can you imagine it?  I encourage you to imagine it in as much vivid detail as possible. What would you see, hear, feel and know?

3 days until 2024.

Bӧrje Salming was a trailblazer, signing with the Maple Leafs in 1973 and becoming the first Swedish-born superstar in the NHL. If not for all-time greats Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin and Larry Robinson, he would have won numerous Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenceman.

The smooth-skating defenceman was a Maple Leaf from 1973-89 and currently sits fourth in franchise scoring with 768 points. Few players had a greater impact on the city of Toronto. He received a lengthy standing ovation as a member of Team Sweden during the 1976 Canada Cup at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The native of Kiruna, Sweden was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. Also, his number 21 sweater has been retired. Sadly, he passed away in November 2022 at the age of 71.

I just started watching a documentary about Salming’s life called Bӧrje. At the start of the film there’s a flashback to a conversation with his mother that went something like this:

Mother: How do you feel when you play hockey?

Bӧrje: I feel alive.

Mother: Then go. Go and be alive.

When do you feel alive? What would happen if you spent more time in 2024 doing that? What happens when you spend more time in the feeling of being alive? What happens when you follow your passion as Bӧrje did?

2 days until 2024.

Darryl Sittler was drafted eighth overall by the Maple Leafs in 1970 and was named captain of the team in 1975. The Kitchener, Ontario native led the team in scoring eight times during his tenure from 1970-82. He currently stands second in scoring (916 points) in the long history of the franchise.

The graduate of the London Knights still holds the NHL record for points in one game, scoring 10 points against the Boston Bruins in 1976. Another career highlight was scoring the series-clinching goal for Team Canada against Czechoslovakia in the 1976 Canada Cup.

Sittler, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989, shares his retired jersey #27 with Frank Mahovlich.

In November 2022, the Leafs did a pregame ceremony honoring Bӧrje Salming. This was just a couple weeks before Salming’s passing. One of the things I remember most about that ceremony was the raw emotion among the crowd but in particular the emotion displayed by Darryl Sittler.  He and Salming were teammates and lifelong friends.  It’s friendships like this that inspire me to work on my own relationships with my friends.  When I was working through my 2024 Best Year Yet worksheet, I had several realizations about the “friend” part of my life.  This is an area I want to improve and put more focus on.  One way I’m doing that is inviting friends to PWHL games in 2024.  I bought season tickets which give me the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends doing something I love, watching hockey. 

What part of your life do you want to focus on in 2024?  Is it career oriented or personal?  Or maybe a little of both.  The great thing is that you don’t have to choose.  You can work on career, relationships, personal health and wellbeing, all at the same time. If you want to go through the same planning and exploring process I went through, you can get access to mu questionnaire and worksheet on my site. (see comments)

Last day of 2023!

Mats Sundin #13 was not a homegrown talent but he did go on to become the franchise leader in points with 987. The big Swede was the first European-born player to be drafted first overall when the Quebec Nordiques selected him at the 1989 Draft. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in 1994 in a blockbuster trade that saw fan favourite Wendel Clark head to Quebec. He would don the blue and white from 1994 to 2008 and lead the team in scoring 11 times over that stretch. Named captain in 1997, he tied Rick Vaive as the fastest player to reach 500 points, accomplishing the feat in 495 games. Sundin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 and his #13 hangs in the rafters at Scotiabank Arena. He’s a solid choice to be first in the best Toronto Maple Leafs players since 1967.

Mats is well known for his leadership on and off the ice.  During the Leafs 2023 trip to Sweden, Mats was around the team, dropped a ceremonial puck and in every interview with current players they talked about what a role model Mats is.  It’s this kind of legacy that I think about when I think about the type of person and the type of leader I want to be.  How about you?  Do you have a vision for the type of person you want to be?  Have you made plans for 2024 to bring that vision to life?  If not, that where my 2024 Best Year Yet can be helpful.