What To Avoid As a Dedicated Soccer Player

How to Be Your BestSuccess is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. -Pele

Many are the athletes who, in spite of fantastic skill and incredible endurance, lose their professional careers because of one personal failing or another.

For a young soccer player today, lack of discipline will destroy your career before it even starts.

Here are some things to avoid, so you can put that dedication into practice:

#1 Late Hours/Sleeping Late

If you want to be a successful player then get your sleep – before midnight. For years studies have come out saying that sleep before midnight is more restorative than sleeping later into the morning.

So remember Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Tip: Jump into a few early morning exercises before class begins.

#2 Sugar, Fat and Other Delicious Things

Everyone should be careful about what they eat, but athletes rely on their health and fitness level to increase their usefulness to the team and their own careers.

Think of your body as a machine that requires the right balance of nutrients to perform at optimum levels in practice and during a game.

So the next time you’re craving those heavy fats, syrupy sugars and lip-licking salts – think ahead!

Tip: Nothing tastes as good as winning the game feels!

#3 Partying and Other Bad Behavior

Athlete or not, parties involving illegal drugs, booze and sex are dangerous. Wanting to grow into a professional athlete requires an extra dose of self-control and confidence.

Work on a reputation for being serious about your game and you won’t find yourself in the position of having to say “No” to everyone.

Tip: if you know illegal activity may be going on – skip the party. Stay home and train harder.

#4 Slacking Off – Skipping workouts and practice

As Pele said, success requires more than dreaming and believing – determination has to be a big part of your life if you want your dreams to become reality.

If your reading this, chances are you DON’T skip workouts because you really want to be great at your game.

Nonetheless, it’s always a good reminder to be faithful to practice and exercise in order to improve your skills.

Tip: Keep a log of your workouts with how many reps of each exercise, how much time you spent and how much weight you used in weight training.

#5 Screen Time

Do you really want to be a serious athlete? Everyone needs time to unwind, but find ways that don’t include mind-numbing activities like staring at the TV and playing Video Games.

People who try to unwind in front of the TV (okay, watching soccer games excluded) end up feeling more drained and depressed than when they sat down.

And it might be the coolest video game ever, but it’s not worth it to sit there for hours at a time – especially late at night. Get your sleep!

Tip: If you really have to prove your skill, reserve a few hours for playing games with your friends on the weekend.

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