The biggest names in sports — players, coaches, managers — are aware that even the purest talent can sometimes not be enough to make it to the top. Soccer, as one of the most popular disciplines in the world, is one such discipline that associates significant numbers of aspiring competitors who have the ambition to achieve greatness. Though many things make up for optimal performance, without it, you won’t get as far as you could.
Of course, it all starts with hard work and determination. A regular exercise regimen, tailored to the individual needs and abilities, is such a crucial step on the road to a successful career that you cannot skip it, nor underestimate its value. All players have to prove themselves on the training ground to earn their place on the team, but the ones who go an extra mile or two see that doing so makes a difference. Incidentally, they usually have the right mindset as well to become the best. They are confident, self-assured, have a clear vision of what’s ahead, set the right goals, take up challenges and sometimes, calculated risks. Ultimately, much of what decides our failure and success lies within our heads.
The next imperative is proper nutrition and hydration, although the approach in this matter has changed significantly over the years. For instance, it was initially believed that drinking alcohol was the best way to supplement fluids for long-distance runners. Nowadays, we know that’s not true, and sticking to a suitable lifestyle separates athletes who are serious about going big from the ones that aren’t. However, maintaining a proper diet requires willpower and hard work, which can be hard, especially when traveling. Healthy eating on the road can get a little tricky sometimes, but make no mistake, it is even more important to hold onto the good habits. The best players at the top clubs with significant resources might not share the same problems as many others but keeping up the discipline is essential for everyone.
Many inexperienced sports persons who have the determination to be the best sometimes forget about the smaller yet vital factors that affects the quality of performance. For instance, it is principal to remember to allow for resting periods, especially taking care to have a good night’s sleep and relaxation time. Listening to one’s body, working out automatisms, planning adequately, safety and injury prevention as well as allowing oneself to fail and learn from the mistakes (among various other little things that could give athletes an edge over the opposition) all make up for a well-thought-out strategy on the route to perfection. Or at least your best.