3 Ways to Mentally Prepare Yourself for a New Season
A new season brings along new opportunities. There will also likely be new obstacles, but you can avoid or successfully get over them by being properly prepared.
Here are three ways to mentally prepare for a new season:
1. Set goals
Setting goals for yourself and your team will help you be able to make a plan towards achieving them.
It’s smart to write the goals down and list out the steps that you believe it will take to reach them. Writing out your goals helps you identify the smaller steps that are sometimes unseen.
The little things you work on will turn into positive steps in the right direction towards attaining your goals. Make sure you are thorough and don’t skip steps.
2. Put in the work
All of the work you put in is directly correlated to what you will get out of it. Even when you’re tired and feel like you can’t do it, think about how successful you want yourself and your team to be this upcoming season. What do you want to accomplish?
Remember this quote by Beverly Sills, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” and live by it. Push yourself to the limits. By trying to overcome your mental obstacles in the offseason you will increase your tolerance of being uncomfortable. This way, you will feel invincible by the time season comes around.
Every obstacle you overcome now will set you on a direct path towards your goals.
3. Study the game
Watching soccer can help you improve your game. You can benefit from watching the professionals play as well as watching game film of yourself.
When you watch the pros, you will see them try new things and that will encourage you to do the same. When you watch game film of yourself, you will be able to clearly see where you made your mistakes and where you were successful. That will help you to repeat your successes and work on improving your game overall. It’s important to remember while watching old film that a new season is approaching and all of your past accolades or missteps don’t matter.
Figure out what you didn’t like about the player you were before and make notes of what needs to change. Studying and watching the game will help you become more soccer savvy.