5 Ways to Master the Mental Side of Being a Midfielder
A strong mentality is an incredibly important characteristic for any athlete to possess. When your body gets tired it’s easy to want to quit. Your legs and lungs will give up way before your mind does.
Set your mind to do the impossible and your body will follow.
Here are five ways to master the mental side of being a midfielder:
1. Have an unstoppable work ethic
Your work ethic is something nobody can take away from you. It comes from your mentality. It comes from within. Set the tone early on in the game with a strong tackle or a good header and let your opponents know that you won’t back down.
If you get in the opposition’s mind at the beginning of the game, you become another thing they have to worry about. It’ll cause them to hesitate before going against you and it will tire them out mentally.
2. Be resilient
Inevitably during the course of a game, practice, and season, you will lose a couple of battles. What is your response like? You need to be able to shake off mistakes and recover quickly.
When you’re tackled, jump back up as fast as you can. If you get the ball taken away, turn around and win it back immediately. Resilience will inspire your teammates and also likely intimidate your opponents.
3. Practice visualization
See your successes and then make them realities.
Picture your team winning the game because you were able to play the perfect through ball to your teammate and they scored. Picture positive scenarios and it will affect your mentality in a helpful way.
All athletes have things going on in their personal lives. The best ones are able to put any troubles aside when they are playing their sport. Play as if nothing else matters when you are on that field.
Each play has your immediate and full attention. When you are locked in, you’re less likely to make mistakes.
5. Play with composure
How is your performance when your opponent is breathing down your neck? Are you easily rattled? You can’t be if you’re going to be an effective midfielder.
You have to play your best under pressure. Teach yourself to love it. Your calmness will affect how the rest of the team plays.