Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Mental Development for Soccer

Too many players make the mistake of neglecting the mental side of Soccer. If you are one of those players, please do yourself a huge favor. Raise your right hand and smack yourself in the face.

Just joking, I don’t want to promote any self abuse, but seriously if you’re going to neglect the mental aspect of your development, you're abusing your future as a Soccer player. Being mentally strong is just as important as being technically skilled or physically fit. If your mind isn't on the same level as the other aspects of your game, your Soccer career is going to suffer.

You need to be Motivated: 

The more consistent you become with your training, the easier it will be for you to keep your motivation up. If you find yourself running a little low on motivation, simply take a second to think about how it would feel to finally achieve your dreams. Have you ever accomplished something that took hard work and dedication? If so, you know how good it feels when you finally turn your goals into accomplishments. You’re probably experiencing that feeling right now just thinking about it. Wouldn't you like to feel that way again? Stay motivated. Earn your success.

You need to be focused and disciplined

If the big party this weekend or beating the next level of Grand Theft Auto, is more important to you than improving as a Soccer player, then there’s seriously something wrong with your priorities.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a party with some friends, or relaxing with some video games. I do both from time to time. But when these distractions become your main focus and Soccer becomes second, you need to make some serious adjustments. Stay focused on your goals. Stay disciplined in your efforts.

You need to commit yourself to improvement:

Every day you wake up you have an opportunity; you can either move forward or backwards. You can either put in the necessary work to become a better Soccer player or you can say “I'm good enough” and take the day off. Don’t let this happen to you. 

 "The key to making it as far as you can as a Soccer  player is continually improving". 

Do you think the best players in the world were born that way? Not a chance! They worked hard every day of their lives (well maybe not every single day,but definitely a majority of them) Each day make an effort to improve as a Soccer player even if is in the smallest detail. Those small improvements will add up over time to make you the type of Soccer player you want to be.

You need to be open to criticism:

Don’t be stubborn. Don't be one of those players who thinks they already know everything there is to know about Soccer (and life for that matter). Your coaches, teammates, and parents are only providing you with criticism and
advice because they want to help you improve. They want to help you see your dreams come true. If you want to improve (and I know you do) be open to any criticism. Listen to their advice and try apply ing it to your game. If you honestly feel that the advice they are giving you isn't valuable, then don’t use it, but still be respectable and listen to what they have to say. Who knows, that little piece of advice might help you get to the next level.

You need to remain positive:

“Whether you think you can or can't... your right” - Henry Ford. The best thing you can possibly do for your Soccer career is work to eliminate negative self-talk and self-doubt. You have enough doubters and people hoping you fail as it is, you don't need to add to the army.

Be confident in your ability as a Soccer player. If your not, start putting in the work to get to where you want to be. However, no matter your skill level, remain positive on the Soccer field. If your thinking about messing up before you receive the ball, you will. If your thinking about succeeding... you will. Stay positive.

                           " Always look for solutions instead of problems". 

Stay positive with yourself but also your coaches and teammates. Being negative and critical of your teammates isn't going to help anyway. Remain positive and make the most out of every situation. Developing your Mental skill sets is something that takes years to master but as long as you are looking to learn and improve you will be miles ahead of your competition. The earlier you can get your head around this concept the better, so no matter how young or old you are work to develop your mental toughness. When times get tough your ability to remain mentality strong is what will carry you through.
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