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4 Goal Scoring Thoughts

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4 Goal Scoring Thoughts

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Sometimes when I am finalizing the details of a radio interview, I receive a request from the host for a list of interview questions that I would like to be asked during our conversation.  It is a great way for me to bring up a topic that many times the host would not think to ask, but I feel will be of benefit to the listeners. In today’s post, I am going to share with you a question that would make the cut on one of my lists.

You always tell people that thoughts are powerful.  What are some of the thoughts that have shaped your journey inside and outside the touchline?

Life happens in 5 seconds. It is a phrase that I use and think all of the time.  When things seem to be going downhill, remind yourself that it can all turn around in the blink of an eye.  I have witnessed it first hand in situations where multiple defenders are closing down on me and it looks like they are going to win the ball.  However, I kept tracking the ball, and came out with the possession.  Off the field, there have been times where a door of opportunity appeared to be closing only to unexpectedly fly back open.

Success is an overnight stopping place on the way to greater success.  I can’t forget this quote from my granddaddy even if I tried.  He repeated it to me thousands of times when I was growing up.  And for me, it has become a constant call to keep building on my accomplishments because there is always something else out there to reach for. On the field, it drives me to keep finding new places and harder competition to train and play with.

The only faith you need is your own. Have you ever felt like you needed to prove something to someone but it kept being so hard?  Maybe you wanted a coach or teammate to believe in your abilities but it just wasn’t clicking for some reason.  I’ve been there, and one lesson that I quickly learned is that others can easily see when you don’t have faith in yourself.  When you decide to focus on and grow the faith you have in your abilities to accomplish a goal, you literally attract the people and opportunities that will get you on your way.  And, it will not matter who believes in who you are and what you can do because you know that you are destined to make it.

Have FUN on the way to your goal.   This recurring thought has taken the burden off me to feel like my dreams are up against time.  I remember once I was in a bookstore just looking at books only to receive an unexpected phone call with an invitation to participate in a soccer clinic in Bermuda.  Now this wasn’t something I knew about, and it dropped itself on my lap.  There have been times that I have stressed about the hows, whens and whos of getting to my goal.  But, I find when I do my part of preparing for my goal then I should turn my interest to other activities that bring me joy.  Oddly enough, the next step on my goal journey always seems to find me.

Do you have some thoughts that have shaped your goal journey and/or accomplishments?  Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Also if you like the image included in this post, it is from the Eat Soccer greeting card line. You can take a look of our starting 11 Valentine's Day cards.

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Sidelining Soccer Injuries: 4 Ways to Stay in the Game

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Sidelining Soccer Injuries: 4 Ways to Stay in the Game

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It only takes one move to carry you from the field to the sideline.  For me, it was a simple turn after taking a shot on goal and hearing an unforgettable ACL snap. The lead up to a journey of surgery, doctors visits and physical rehabilitation for each athlete may differ.  However one thing is the same, you are not in the game. And, what you decide to do with this time away will shape the player who returns.

Although the change in your daily schedule can be a hard adjustment, it is important to recognize that in every setback there are seeds of opportunity.  Player development can take many forms.  And, when you are on the sidelines, you have the chance to give attention to improving the small, but invaluable, aspects of your game.  Here are five proven ways you can continue improving your skillset.

See the Game from a Different Perspective: Ever wonder what the coach sees when you are out on the field?  Seize the moment to hop in their shoes and coach a youth team.  Whether the players are four or fourteen, I guarantee this experience will give you a new perspective of your own game.

Pay it Forward: At times, we get so wrapped up in our athletic pursuits that we tend to forget about our other talents.  Why don’t you put some of these skills to good use or develop some new talents by donating a few hours to a local soccer organization.  Going behind the scenes to help with the administrative duties at a youth club or using a bit of your creativity to generate support for a soccer cause can introduce you to a possible career path after you hang up your cleats.

Scouting Players: Does watching games make you antsy?  One way to avoid that is to change your perception and use your soccer vacay to scout teams and players. Watching YouTube videos and live matches of all skill levels can help introduce you to new moves and ways to get an edge on the competition.

Reacquaint yourself with the Ball: The beauty of soccer is that we get to use so many parts of our body.  Therefore when one body part is healing, you have other several others that you can work.  My best friend will be the first to tell you that, while my left leg was strapped in a brace, I would sit in the bed and juggle a size one ball with my right foot.  It was a true test of will but I made it a fun game and it improved my touch on the ball tremendously.

Got any other ways we can stay in the game while injured?  Feel free to share them in the comment section below!

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