You Have To Want It

HELLO RENEGADE!

Hope you are doing great today!

The most frequent question I get is:

How do I become a great soccer player?

And, of course, this topic is huge, but when I begin answering, 90% of players realize that they are focused on the absolute wrong things…

The system has twisted them…

Or, they have placed a huge amount of emphasis on the wrong things to fulfill them…

The question is deep…

So, I usually answer back:

Why do you want to be great?

Do you want to be great for the fame?

The money?

The lifestyle?

To play for a certain team?

All of these motivations wane over time..

They are external…

Like your parents being super gung-ho for you…

YOU MUST WANT IT!

YOU.  NOT ANYONE ELSE.

YOU, MUST WANT IT FOR YOU…

So let’s take a look at some traits I see over and over again in great players, in great athletes, in great students…


YOU MUST BE CRAZY OBSESSED WITH YOUR GOALS

Let me give you an example…

I often hear people say that they want to be a millionaire…

But let’s be honest…

They really want a million dollars.

They don’t want to learn the skills it takes to provide enough value for others to EARN a million dollars…

They just want the million dollars…

So, when I hear this question form athletes, I relate it to business and money…

Do you want to learn the skills?

Work the late nights?

Struggle through the ups and downs?

Most people don’t want that…

They want the money, the fame, the glory…

But, when you talk about the grind that every great player must go through…

That is lost in a haze of video games, and distraction…

It is lost when athletes don’t realize that…

YOU TRAIN HARDER AT HOME THAN AT PRACTICE

This struggle produces the GRIT that I discussed yesterday…

And, you must form an obsession…

Not for your team…

You will play for good and bad teams…

Trust me…

Not for your coach…

Coaches come and go…

Not parents, friends, or anything external…

Do these things help?

Sure.

But you must want to be great….

FOR YOU.

You must want to BECOME great.

And, the only way this happens is for you to become CRAZY OBSESSED with your goals…

This means that for a time…

For years, you must FOCUS on two things:

SCHOOL and SOCCER.

Once those two things are taken care of every single day, THEN you focus on other things…

Only then…

IT’S NOT THE HOW, IT’S THE WHY

You see this obsession leads to developing the habits and traits of greatness…

In any area of your life…

Most people want to know HOW DO I GET GREAT?

That is the wrong question…

You can get 5 – 10,000 touches a day doing RST programs and see progress immediately…

You can play pick-up all afternoon each day….

You can pay a trainer to train you every day, if you want to spend huge money and spend hours in the car each week…  ha!

AND THE WINNER FOR THE MOST BACKWARDS ‘HOW’ GOES TO…

And, of course, the smallest portion is club training…

This is backwards from most athletes…

‘I go to club every week 3x and then play a game…’

Yes, this is why you are completely mediocre.

You might be the best on your team…

But let’s be honest…

Our club system isn’t producing world-class players on the men’s side…

So far, we spend way more attention of the female side RELATIVE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, but we see that changing also…

So, you are the best of the mediocre…

Cool.

Not.

INSTEAD FOCUS ON THE WHY

If your WHY is deeply rooted in one thing…

I WANT TO BECOME THE BEST PLAYER I CAN.

This is called self-actualization.

Of course have heroes…

Of course love your team…

Of course feed off your coach…

But none of them are there every time you have to get up early to get your roadwork in…

Or have to get up, put the phone or video game controller down, and go do the hard work each day…

The great ones want to become the best players they can be…

They want to BECOME GREAT.

So, I ask you…

Do you want to BE great, or BECOME great?

The process begins with being crazy obsessed with BECOMING great…

Then forming those habits…

And, using that WHY to stick to it…

Every.

Single.

Day.

As always, thank you for being a RENEGADE!!!
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