- Worry less about immediate success, and much more about growth. Prepare, practice ad play to win as much as possible, but do NOT sacrifice progress and learning.
- Humble yourself. Be vulnerable. Ask questions. You are far rom reaching your full potential at this point. You may not feel like it, but you are a young goalkeeper. Don’t be as concerned with proving yourself as getting better.
- Work on your weaknesses. Don’t mask them, don’t try to avoid them. Expose yourself, address the issues, and make them your strengths. Be patient with yourself.
- Allow yourself to fail. Make mistakes. They are unfortunately the best way to learn. Nothing teaches you like the hard way. Mistakes are inevitable but what you take from them really is the most important thing. Mistakes you make now will be saves you make later if you handle them correctly.
- Make sure the way you use your time reflects what your dreams are. If you want to be the best goalkeeper in the conference, region, country… if you want to play professionally, or on the national team… then make sure your day to day life reflects that. It is very easy to succumb to the habits of the people around you but you much remember you’re different. Your goals are not the same so your lives cannot be either. Nothing will be given to you but you will get what you work for.
- Focus on the details. Do little things exceptionally well. It will pay off. Even if you can’t see it now, trust the process.
- Enjoy yourself. Things may not always look the way you want them to, but you are experiencing some of the best times of your life. You have been given amazing opportunities. Take them and run with them.
- Sometimes you will be the only one who truly believes in your dreams. That’s okay. You don’t need anyone else. People may think you’re crazy, but that just means your chasing big things. Things others wouldn’t date to do. There is great risk involved in any great triumph. Don’t give anyone the power to hold you back.
- Control the controllable. Don’t waste time or energy on things that you cannot change. “Do the best you can with what you have where you are.” Things work out the way they are supposed to. Trust that.
- Get fit, be fit, and take care of your body. Realize that you are asking a lot of it, and in return it needs to be taken care of. Think about what you’re fueling it with. Everything you do off the field will affect you on the field. You are faced with thousands of choices a day – make the choices that align with your goals.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Your journey is your own. It will look different than anybody else’s and that’s okay. Actually it’s good. Enjoy the process and keep believing.