No matter how old we are, one of the greatest human fears is the fear of failure.
As players get older they become afraid to make mistakes and embarrass themselves or disappoint their coaches, teammates, and parents.
They stop taking chances on the field, often pass the ball instead of taking the shot, and seem to lose all creativity and confidence in practices and games.
Fear of failure is a spiraling condition for soccer players that only drags them down and prevents them from ever becoming the best version of themselves.
Soccer is a complicated, difficult game and much creativity is required; so when soccer players become afraid to make mistakes, the results are dismal. Getting cut, sitting on the bench, giving up, or even quitting is often the case.
The brightest light is that it doesn't have to be this way!
Failure itself is one of the greatest soccer development tools if you learn from your mistakes! Read this quote from one of the greatest female footballers of all time and her opinion about making mistakes.
Players need to learn how to overcome the fear of making mistakes and use failure as one of the many tools to get better and even thrive. In this post, we will teach soccer players how to learn to take chances and be ok with their mistakes.
Just follow our steps below.
Step 1: Watch the video below to understand why "failure is not an option, but a biological necessity" and how to grow from it.
Step 2: Think of a time you failed. How did it make you feel? What did you do afterward?
Step 3: Come up with a plan of how you're going to react to failure in the future.
Step 4a: If you feel comfortable doing so, comment on this post about the time you failed and how you plan to react the next time you miss the mark.
Step 4b: Or, if you would rather, comment or think about your favorite inspirational quote about overcoming failure. Another of our favorites is below this video.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan, 6-Time NBA Champion
Finally, the best athlete to drive home this post on mistakes might be basketball great Steph Curry, and here's why...
“That’s part of my routine when I practice,” Curry said. “I have to make five swishes out of 10 to end every workout."
Still, Curry makes mistakes making free throws. He missed 4 free throws in Game 4 of the first-round Western Conference playoff series. This is even after all of his free throw practice that's become his well-known routine.
Soccer players, don't be afraid of mistakes. Learn to live with them and thrive because you learn from them. That will be your greatest strength as a player. Being resilient.
Learn to thrive from your mistakes by joining our soccer training courses today because it's easier to learn from your mistakes when you're training on your own!
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