How much importance do you place of Motivation and Discipline in your quest for stardom in the world of professional sports, in particular Soccer/Football?
The competition for aspiring professional soccer/footballers all over the world has become even more intense now with the level of participation rates and professional leagues beginning to appear across more countries than ever.
Historically Professional Football has been dominated by Soccer/Footballers from Europe and South America. Over the last 5-10 ten years we have seen the emergence of many Soccer/footballers from many new continents and countries such as Africa, Asia, Middle East, Australia and even some of the smaller European and South American countries who previously have not offered to much.
What does this all mean for today’s Aspiring Professional Soccer/Footballer?
Well looking at it all from a bird’s eye view it seems that the competition for the very few professional places available in squads has significantly increased, adding to this the amount of distractions readily available to aspiring players today is at an all time high.
Distractions such as Internet sites like Facebook, MySpace, not to mention extravagant Cable TV, Computer games such PlayStations, Xbox, adding to this the lure of gangs, drugs and alcohol, which is becoming even more of a concern then in the past.
With all this in mind it is even more critical for an aspiring Soccer/Footballers that they address two very important factors of their character.
1. What is motivating them?
2. How disciplined are they?
What is motivation?
Motivation is something that keeps you going when you feel there is nothing left to give. Motivation is something that drives to the point of no return. For each aspiring Soccer/Footballer their motivation can be different. For some it may be the freedom from poverty for both themselves and their families. For others it may simply be the money and fame. Whilst for someone else it may be purely for the love of the game.
Whatever your motivation is, uncover it, understand it and use it to drive you against your competition.
What is Discipline?
Discipline is something you either have or you don’t. However beware, if you do not have it, get it as fast as you possibly can, for a player without discipline is destined to grace the amateur fields of football forever.
You achieve discipline by consistently working towards you goal. Regular training instead of watching TV. Training at the park on a Saturday morning’s instead of going to the shopping centre. Discipline is not a sometimes thing, it is a characteristic, a habit. If you are disciplined in your football you will be disciplined in your studies, your work life and everything else life throws at you.
With the competition for professional footballers at all time high, can you really afford not be motivated and disciplined when your competition is?