Throughout my soccer career, one thing that I have always struggled with was keeping a positive attitude on the field. When things were not going my way during a game or practice, I would often become frustrated and mentally take myself out of the game. This proved to be a major issue for me. Coaches noticed this problem and it was often their reason for not offering me an opportunity to advance to the next team.
Mistakes are Part of Sports
When I sat back and analyzed how my negative attitude was hindering me from progressing as a player, I decided that it needed to change. I came to the conclusion that mistakes are a part of sports. Everyone makes mistakes, even Messi does. Without mistakes, sports would be boring.
Positive Attitude Improves Your Play
I also thought to myself that if I am fortunate enough to get to play the sport that I love each day, then I shouldn’t let a poor pass frustrate me. As time progressed, I overcame my attitude problem and not only did my play improve, but I was increasingly offered more opportunities from my coaches.
I owe a lot of my success in defeating my bad attitude to my parents. Always having them as a positive influence and a source of advice helped me tremendously.