As you guys know, I love Soccer. Soccer allowed me to travel the world, get an excellent education, and meet some fantastic people. Because I’ve had a great experience with the game, I wanted to talk with yall about how I found success in soccer. My success will most likely look different than yours, but they’ll for sure be parallels and messages you can apply to Soccer and in life. With that being said, Let me tell you my story.
Alright, the first idea I would attribute to my success was my love and obsession for the game. For as long as I could remember, I loved the beautiful game. I was four years old when I started to play, and my mom became my coach for me to play. Wherever you saw me, I had a soccer ball at my feet. I loved dribbling, shooting, and juggling the ball. This love and obsession I had with Soccer became a massive part of my life. So whether it is Soccer or something else, find something that gets you fired up. Find a passion that makes all the hard work and dedication worth it.
Next, I put in the work every day, every month, every year while trying to make my dreams become a reality. I knew I wanted to improve every time I stepped out on the field at a young age. Like I said earlier, the love for the game gave me the motivation to be the best player I could be. I knew I had to put in the work, so I did. I started to write down my goals and visualize what success looks like for me. So I became a student of the game and immersed myself in all facets. I learned tactics, I worked on my technical game, and I worked on my mental toughness. I wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of my dreams, and neither should you guys.
Next was I learned from my mistakes, and I asked for help. What we see often is people continue to make the same mistakes, and they can’t fully know why they aren’t getting better. Because they haven’t adopted a growth mindset, they find their game plateauing. I learned from my mistakes by asking for help. I was never embarrassed for asking for help and always saw it as help to get me to my goals.
I always made sure to hold myself to a high standard. A lot of times we can get complacent and do what is needed in soccer. I still hold myself to a high standard because I knew that there was someone out there working harder than me. That drove me insane, and I wanted to be the best. To be the best, I had to hold myself to an even higher standard and train on a different level.And lastly, I believed in myself. I had a sense of worth, and I told myself that I was good enough. Every game I played in, I said to myself that I’m going to be great, I have to execute all my work and dedication to my craft. Confidence is complicated, and I understand that it wavers, so as for best as you can, build yourself up. Have a presence that allows you to play to your potential. So I leave you with this, believe in yourself or no one else will.
I hope this helped you and can be a resource you use when you're trying to find success.