Take Ownership of What's in Your Control I Mini-Blog #AskASoccerPro Show


Taking Ownership of What’s in Your Control

Okay, so you can’t change someone’s mind. So, what do you have control over? 

Personally, I understand very clearly what is within my control. 

I can help my teammates both on and off the field. 
I can do all of the things I know how to do well to the best of my capability.

What I’ve come to realize is that even though you do all of these things and do them to the best of your ability and skill, you may still not be rewarded, compensated, or kept around, despite your best efforts. 
While that might be unfair, that’s the nature of the business most times.

I’ve been thinking about the past year, and how much effort and energy I put in over the 2019 season, how much I feel I gave to the club, the organization, and my teammates.

No matter what, I show up every day with the belief that if I work hard, do the right things and perform well, the efforts will be rewarded. 
Now, after eleven years of professional play, I know this isn’t always true, but I will continue to act in this manner because I believe it’s the right thing to do.

Part of the reason I feel I continue to get opportunities is because the individuals who are with me in the trenches every day, the ones who train with me and see what I do on the field and off, they see and know my character on a day to day basis.

When you’re not making the team or getting traded, what happens to you is contingent on what a select few people decide for you and on your behalf. 
While their decision is out of your control, displaying consistently good character and work ethic is always within your control.
Make sure to check out the full-length episode here, and the PS Clip about 'Taking Ownership of What’s in Your Control' below!