The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

A recent interview with Arsène Wenger, manager of the topflight English club Arsenal, outlined the importance of young players learning to be “consistently motivated” in order to play at the highest levels of the game.

In his typically thoughtful style, Wenger defined a motivated person as “someone who has the capacity to recruit the resources to complete a goal.” He then gave an example of how he got lost jogging in Japan. He explained how he was motivated to come back to the hotel but could not find his way back. He could have hailed a taxi but as a sportsman he was determined to find a solution himself and find his own way back. In summary, Wenger believes that when you look at people who are successful they are the ones who are consistently motivated and always willing to made sacrifices to achieve their goals.

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9 TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch

9 TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch

These 9 TED talks cover leadership, motivation, inspiring action, developing leaders, the power of belief and more. Each speaker’s message is under 18 minutes in length and contains innovative ideas that can be applied to your coaching. Hopefully at least one of these gets you thinking about your ability to motivate and impact not only your team's performance but also your players' lives. 

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Soccer Parents’ Expectations – A Story of Many

Soccer Parents’ Expectations – A Story of Many

Many coaches have a story of such a parent in which they “know” their son is the next Neymar, Ronaldo, or Messi. The other day I met with such a parent and her son, he wanted to see about trying out for one of our competitive teams. After going over all the basic player information, such as playing experience, we were obliged to invite him out to one of our sessions during the week and evaluate him.

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