DNA of the Unrelenting Competitor: How to Become a Soccer Champion
Some soccer players appear to be genetically blessed with a unique DNA that makes them winners from birth.
You look at these players and think wow, that players was gifted traits from their parents that ensured they were destined for great things on the pitch.
I'm here to tell you that is not the case.
The DNA of the unrelenting competitor is within reach of all players, and if they follow a few guiding principles there's is no reason why any athlete can't mutate into a champion. Here are a few of the key ingredients needed:
Develop Unfaltering Commitment
As a player you must be fearless in your application and approach. You must be unflinching in your devotion to fighting for the cause for every single second of the minutes on offer.
From the first whistle to the last, you represent not only yourself, but your parents, in some cases your school, and every single player who has put on the jersey past, present, and future for your soccer Club.
Play Every Minute With Urgency
Cultivate a sense of urgency and discard any sense of complacency whenever you take the pitch, because if you don't, what feels like permanency can be gone before you remember how special it was.
The little things some players often take for granted can end up being the most meaningful. You don't always get second chances.
The connections and friendships you have with your teammates today, and the opportunity to learn from and play with the incredible people on your team doesn't happen often, nor does the bond forged by working hard, sweating, bleeding, and competing together.
It is rarely replicated, and as a player you have to both appreciate and capitalize on each and every moment.
Lead by Example With Key Character Traits
The unrelenting competitor is heroic and combative. The unrelenting competitor is aggressive and unmovable. The unrelenting competitor lays down a sword of almighty wrath upon his opponents with grace, respect, and absolute authority. The unrelenting competitor wins the day, every day.
Each and every single competitive soccer player is called upon to become the unrelenting competitor. There is no room on a team for passengers, bystanders, or spectators. All must be prepared to answer the call and make an impact at a moment's notice.
Write The Narrative of Your Playing Career
It's up to you as a player to craft the narrative of your soccer playing career. Make sure your story mandates a switched-on, engaged, focused and intense mindset every time you lace up your boots.
Every practice, game, and tournament has key moments that require your utmost determination and commitment. There is no window for immaturity or lack of hunger. Your story will not allow it. There is no avenue or easy street to victory. Your story will not allow it.
The spirit of the unrelenting competitor must be a part of every paragraph, every sentence, and every word of your soccer life story.
If you really want to become the top player on your team, or at your Club, high school, college, or Academy, it's up to you to ensure that you begin to inject the DNA of the unrelenting competitor into your bloodstream.
Do this by developing an incomparable work ethic, creating extra practice for yourself, by pledging devotion to the sport, becoming a student of the game, and letting nothing get in the way of your progress.