3 things I have learned from lockdown

Lockdown is a perfect time to sharpen the skills.

I see too many players struggling mentally just now.

How are you finding it as we enter week 6 (or is it 7) of lockdown?

Is it a total ball ache or your actually enjoying living like a recluse that only leaves the house once a day?

Me? I’m actually enjoying it.

My life hasn’t changed a great deal as I normally work from home but it’s given me the time to work on things within the business that I had been putting off.

I was also chiselling my body into that of an Adonis until last Saturday when I tweaked my back.

That reminds me, why am I sitting on a child’s chair trying to type this up?

Anyways as much as there are obvious negatives to come from this I also believe that there are so many lessons and positives to be taken from it.

Here is what I have learned




Preparation for anything that you do is key.

Training, a match or being locked up in the house.

What you do in preparation for that goes a long way to shaping how it pans out for you.

Early doors I told you how I had a wobble and felt that my business was for want of a better word, fucked.

Since that moment I worked hard on drilling into myself that

‘In struggle there is opportunity’

I see too many players struggling mentally just now. Whether that be with frustrations, doubts or boredom.

It’s not through a lack of trying either but due to trying to build foundations whilst in the middle of the storm they are finding it tough.

Can you do it,? Yes

Is it harder? Without a doubt.

Don’t let that put you off starting to address your inner game struggles.

It is possible just a bit harder with less preparation.




Structure is essential.

The time you get up, the time you go to your bed and the time that you are going to train are probably the 3 simplest things you can build a structure around.

Don’t be one of those players who has no structure and therefore struggles to get up in the morning.

What is the point in getting up if you have nothing to get up for?

Let yourself down by bumping your alarm 1st thing in the morning I believe that it sets the tone for the day.

The boys that get up on time feel fresher and have more energy.

Those that lie in their wanking chariots all day will likely feel a bit meh.

Feeling lazy quickly makes your decision making lazy.

No good for your training and nutrition.




Lockdown is a perfect time to sharpen the skills.

I am in the process of getting a book out into the world.

Don’t miss it, I suggest you buy yourself and everyone else that you know a copy. ha.

Speaking to clients some of them have been working on their weaker foot (any full-time footballer should be two-footed in my opinion).

One lad has even went and built his own kickboard!

Two are trying to learn a new language.

One can already talk 5 languages.

I struggle with English never mind a foreign language!

What is French for Cul de sac?




It is what it is. We are in lockdown and we need to deal with it the best we can.

No pint in sitting all day focusing on the negatives when there are so many positives to be found if we take the time to look.

I invite you to start today and build a simple structure for yourself and look to pick up or improve on a skill.

Whether it is football related or not, just try something new.

If you are finding lockdown tough.

Keep going! Keep searching for answers.

If nothing changes then nothing changes, it is that simple.

Enjoy the weekend



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It is what it is. We are in lockdown and we need to deal with it the best we can.

By John Johnstone 1st May 2020