Each season we find ourselves answering this question for several of our footballers: What makes those stand-out players so great?
The answer may sound simple when we say: desire and commitment.
Every footballer says they want to be the best version of themselves, whether their goals are to play for their club’s top team, play more minutes, start more often, make a good college program or become a professional soccer player.
These goals are wonderful to have. Without goals, what are you chasing? I believe that with real desire and commitment, a youth footballer will improve the foundations of confidence and technique; and, with that–most importantly–they will enjoy the game A LOT more. After that, everything will seem to happen more naturally.
To become the very best you can, it takes sacrifice. However sacrifice doesn’t mean missing your best friend’s birthday party, prom, or friend’s get-together to go train instead. Sacrifice, instead, is not hitting that snooze button, saying to yourself, “I’ll start training hard tomorrow, I’m too tired.” Sacrifice is making a conscious effort to surround yourself with people who will encourage you to push yourself and be your best, rather than those who may let you slack off. Sacrifice is putting in the hard work now so that your rewards come well-deserved later. Remember, if it was easy, everybody would do it.
We all have greatness within us! But you have to work to bring it out and to bring yourself to your fullest potential. So make your new “normal” having DESIRE and COMMITMENT. And if you are fortunate enough to be chasing a dream, you will beat 50% of your competition simply by showing up, the other 40% by improving your technique, and the other 10% will be just a straight up fight.
And that is what we call the higher level.
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