You can be great. And a great way to do this is by having a belief in yourself, and in your own word. Developing this mentality now, will put you ahead of those who just focus on skill or fitness alone.
Nowadays, I see a lot of people saying one thing and doing another. These people usually get wrapped up in themselves, or spun up in their own lies and it comes back to bite them in the form of missed opportunities or losing trust or credibility in the soccer scene. There's not much room for lying to yourself or others in your growth as a soccer player. Honesty is a huge game-changer.
Once you're honest, you'll have a sense of integrity with everything you do. People see that, and admire it. When it comes to training, if you say you're going to do something, you're more likely going to do it. Your integrity goes a long way and can even influence a coaches decision about whether or not he wants you on his team. If you don't have the attitude and focus in a professional way, you might be out of luck when it comes down to picking between two players.
Commit to Integrity, it's huge in the long run.
Here are the 5 commitments:
1. I'm in control of my success.
Nobody, and I mean NOBODY is in charge of how good of a player you become, besides you. You are the be all end all of your improvement. You determine your future. You’re the one who chooses each and every decision that you make. Not your parents, not your friends, teammates, or coaches. You do. If you want to improve, the person to start with is in the mirror looking back at you. You are responsible for yourself. As you stand in front of a door that is locked, you have to realize that you are the key. You have to shape yourself accordingly in order to fit the lock and access your dreams.
At the end of the day, if you can commit to being in control of what you want, how much you want it, and how you’re going to get there. You'll be in control, and your development will soar.
2. I am the hardest working person on my team.
Be ruthless. You're not just supposed to go through the motions. You've got to make yourself known in this game, and that involves being the hardest worker on the pitch. Whether it's on in training or in games.
Playing in games is the #1 best way to improve your football actions. Yet there is a lot more to developing than being thrown into an 11v11 game and expected to improve. Work your ass off to train your decision making and execution.You have to train as efficiently (and as close to game situation) as possibly.
In this e-book, you’ll be given a run down of exactly which areas you’ll need to be developing individually.
If you can commit to spending time on the pitch in an efficient, effective way, your improvements will translate directly to your gameplay ability and help you to reach your potential. This is where you’ll start seeing changes.
3. I train more consistently than anyone I know.
As long as you're putting in more effort than others, you know you're going to be growing at a quicker rate than the rest. Consistency is vital to long term success. Setting schedules and planning your development throughout the months, seasons, or year is a great way to stay on track.
Lots of low-level achievers in life, tend to miss out on this. They think that it gets boring when you stick to a schedule, or work on the same thing over and over. I promise you that there is bliss in repetition. When you commit to start having a sense of invariability in your training schedule, then you almost switch on to autopilot, and it doesn't take any willpower to roll out of bed and train. You'll grow MUCH faster than other players if you do this.
4. I have a growth mindset.
A fixed mindset is where you think your talents, intelligence, or abilities are fixed traits, whereas a growth mindset is when you believe that you can adapt and improve yourself through diligent effort. Growth minded people embrace challenges, and don't let failure stop them from trying again next time. Set the bar, and if you fail, pick yourself up, time and time again, and learn new ways to master yourself, until you achieve it. The key is in learning here.
By committing to having this mindset, you are letting go of any beliefs about "I can't" by adding the word "...yet" and you'll be free from the dreaded fear of not being good enough and be able to develop in new, creative ways.
5. I improve at least 1% every day.
When you're developing as a player, you're going to want to be able to improve as soon as you can, but you can't really rush the process too much. Like cramming for a test, it might help out temporarily, but not in the long run.
You're better off putting little efforts in each and every day. It adds up (check out the post on the 1% Compound Effect for more)
If you can commit to being 1% better every time you wake up, whether that means choosing to eat a little better, run an extra sprint, take an extra few shots on goal, it ALL adds up.
If you can say these 5 things, and truly believe them, then you'll be in integrity with yourself, and you'll be on the road to achievement.
*If you can't say them and believe it. Ask yourself, what would you need to do in order to believe in your word. Are you ready to put the work in? Need help sorting it out? Let me know, I'm here to help!
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