×

It’s Tough At Times

Yes, the size of the rewards can be absolutely massive if you can overcome the struggles but being a footballer is not as easy as everyone else thinks.

I believe that playing at the highest level, the money, the house and securing your families future is possible.

You don’t need me to tell you that it is tough being a professional footballer at times.

Being on the end of supporters online abuse Sunday to Friday and offline on a Saturday at 3pm. Dealing with self-doubt before a game questioning whether you can go out and perform. Transfers that looked like they were going to happen at one point, seemingly now not happening, or what about being injured or your manager changing?

The list is endless.

Being a professional footballer is tough at times.

Yes, the size of the rewards can be absolutely massive if you can overcome the struggles but being a footballer is not as easy as everyone else thinks.

So many people including those who have been involved in the game for years believe that the enemy is on the outside. The supporters, the managers or the injury are causing the lack of freedom, confidence or belief.

The truth is the battle is not on the outside, it’s on the inside.

Too many players are losing that internal battle and so decide to focus on winning the external battle as they think it is easier. However that just make things worse, leading to even more doubts, frustration and anger. They are now working harder but seeing fewer results.

In its simplest form, they are losing the internal battle because they aren’t working on winning it.

It doesn’t have to be like that for you though.

I believe that you can win your internal fight if you are willing to put the effort into battling it.

Look at these examples:

You move to a new club and the manager doesn’t select you early on, you are now thinking, “he doesn’t rate me.”
If your head then goes down the manager not picking you in the short term will lead to him not picking you in the long term.

Making a mistake and asking yourself for the rest of the game “why did I just do that?”.
Your confidence draining and head dropping often results in a poor performance.

That one mistake can then turn into weeks and months of doubt as you then go into the next game scared in case you make the same mistake again or put in another stinker. Another week goes by and you don’t pick up your win bonus.

Scouts are now coming to games thinking you are not the same player you were a few weeks ago. A transfer to a bigger club which once looked likely now looks a million miles away.

Being a professional footballer is tough at times.

Knowing how to remain confident in the face of adversity and knowing how you react to setbacks not only does that help with the freedom you feel day to day as a person but it also helps with the way that you feel and how you perform when in the heat of the battle out on the park.

I believe that playing at the highest level, the money, the house and securing your families future is possible.

I believe in you.

But what I believe in is pretty irrelevant, it all comes down to you believing you can do it.

So the next time the tough times come (or maybe they are here currently) just remember that they are normal at times. Knowing how to bounce back mentally and keep going, however, is not.

If you would like help in being able to take charge of your confidence in the face of adversity, creating a mental system that ensures you will bounce back both on and off the park email,

john@footballmindset.co.uk

Our Confident Footballer Blueprint Coaching program provides you with everything you need to ensure your inner game does not hold you back in your career as it holds back so many.

Our Confident Footballer Blueprint Coaching program provides you with everything you need to ensure your inner game does not hold you back in your career as it holds back so many.

By John Johnstone 29th November 2018

Read More...