Mindset is Everything!
The reason I named this website Football EQ is because EQ is the term used to describe emotional intelligence. This is your mindset and I personally believe that this is more of a factor in how you perform on the pitch than your technical or physical characteristics. Your mindset affects how you execute these skills during a game and if it's weak, so will be your performance.
We've all heard about the importance of sports psychology in getting players driven to achieve results or get through tough periods in their career. The psychology of the human brain has been studied so much over the past 30 years so we are beginning to understand what affects an athlete's performance. For example, the act of being confident is a mental attribute that can greatly enhance a player's performance.
You can have all the skills and natural ability in the world but if you don't have the confidence to execute them during a game, then it doesn't count for anything. The way you think about football and the way you mentally prepare both play an enormous role. It's incredibly important that you have an optimal mindset when competing as a professional footballer but how can this be achieved?
Firstly, you need to know why it is your playing football. I've spoken about "knowing your why" before and it's paramount for anyone who seriously wants to make it in the game. If you don't have a strong enough reason as to why you actually want to perform well, then you won't put in as much effort in the game. However, if you absolutely love football and desperately want to make it to the top level - you're going to put in the effort.
Players who are low in confidence very rarely play well. This happens to many strikers during their careers who go on severe goal droughts which impacts their general play. So building strategies to increase a player's confidence is something that should be addressed, just as often as their technical skills.
Mindset is everything and once you have control of your own mind, you will certainly create better performances for yourself on the pitch.
Thanks for reading,