Resilient Mentality in Soccer
Have you ever played a bad half and had difficulty bouncing back?
Does a bad game affect how confidently you play the next game?
Bouncing back from a poor performance requires a resilient mentality. Resiliency is the ability to recover from tough times.
Resiliency is like being elastic (quickly regaining your form).
If you compress a spring (pressure) and then release it (let it go), the spring will bounce back to its original form (recover).
The same is true of a resilient soccer player.
Great soccer players spring back after a mistake or poor performance.
For example, if you are experiencing a scoring drought, you may start feeling the “pressure” to perform…
You starting thinking negatively, “I just can’t seem to find the back of the net” and your confidence starts plummeting… One bad game leads to more poor performances.
The solution is to “let go” of past plays and performances. By “letting go,” you will be able to “recover” and regain your form.
Let’s see what type of mentality an elite soccer has regarding poor performances and bouncing back:
Jozy Altidore is a 24 year-old striker, who has played professionally since 2006 and made his US National debut in 2007. Altidore recorded goals in five consecutive matches in 2013 to help the Americans qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
This season, Altidore had a difficult time playing in his first year for Sunderland and the elite competition of the English Premier League. Altidore scored only two goals for Sunderland and had his playing time reduced.
Altidore: “Sometimes you just don’t have that streak that you need. You have got to understand it’s going to get better, and it will. It always does.”
Now, as the US squad prepares for the World Cup in Brazil, Altidore’s is attempting to “let go” and bounce back from his poor performances and contribute to the success of the US team.
Altidore: “When it comes to the World Cup, the season is behind you. Everything that matters now is what you do going forward when [Klinsmann] picks that team. Nobody cares about what you did a year or two or three years ago. It’s what you do now.”
Altidore realizes that a resilient mentality is the hallmark of great soccer players.
Altidore: “You are going to go through tough times. In a career in soccer, a lot of it is mental. You have to stay strong at the tough moments because there are going to be a lot of them.”
Try These Tips to Develop a Resilient Mentality
Keep in mind that you are not perfect and everyone has a bad game. One bad game doesn’t mean the next game will be bad, unless you allow it.
Remind yourself of times when you recovered quickly from a bad game. Stay focused on your strengths, play your game and immerse yourself in the present moment. Focusing on your strengths can boost your confidence.
You may be thinking, “That’s easier said than done.”
No one said it would be easy.
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