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True Leadership

Being a leader scares a lot of people while other have tried it and made a mockery of the position. Being a leader can be very difficult and stressful if the person in the position is not equipped with the right tools for the job. A good leader should/must know the job which is expected of him and also of the persons he is leading. He or she should be a motivator, but most of all, should be able to lead by example. The job becomes much easier if the leader is very good at what he or she does as this will then allow him to take the group into the assigned areas. The leader should have great communication skills.

A leader on the football field is more than an individual wearing an arm-band. The person must be able to rally his troupe to victory whenever they are lacking what is required to accomplish the task. A true leader in the corporate world may find it more difficult to influence his subjects than the true leader in a football team. In the corporate world, the leader is usually in an office from the rest of his group and is often carrying out completely different duties from the rest of the group. The leader on the field of play will most often be able to band his team together with little or no dialogue whatsoever. Normally, if it is seen that even one player on a team, especially the captain, is putting out 100% to 130% during any given game, the other members usually come alive a give that outstanding player, their support.

However, getting the team to perform at its optimum on game-day is the end-product of the true leader’s job. The main leader of the team would be the coach and he will be responsible for the training and motivation of the players. If the coach has assistants, then they will be the next line of leaders. However, there will be a time when the captain will have the team almost for himself and will be fully responsible for them and their performance. This time will be during the run of games, when the coach will be on the bench.

The captain should therefore be able to motivate his team to show up for scheduled practice sessions and of course he has to be present. He should be able to have them show up in numbers to unscheduled practice sessions as well. He should be able to inform his teammates that they will be doing an early morning or week-end run, to and from a particular point and have 95% of the players showing up and participating fully in the exercise. He should show them respect and earn their respect in return. They should want to do everything possible to be a part of his team and on the field play to make him proud.

The captain’s work becomes fulfilling when he or she is able to get each and every one of his players to perform as if they were all captains of the team, with responsibility, maturity and dedication to the cause of winning.

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Game Preparation

Preparing for a football game does not only involve going to the field and performing the drills which are set out by the coach or trainer; that is just the beginning. Players are expected to be lovers of the game and should have some form of personal drive of motivation to take them through their careers as footballers. This is important and is the factor which separates the players who give up the game and those who continue with it until they are physically unable to continue the rigorous demands that the sport requires. The true lovers of the sport will even find a way to ‘give back’ to the sport and the community in which they played, long after giving of the knowledge that they have accumulated along the way.

The players who achieve the most in all sports are the ones who have been most dedicated beyond the imagination of the average person. They are usually disciplined, hard trainers, hard workers and brave warriors.

Being well disciplined does not always mean that the individuals are or could be considered role models; it just means that these persons have set goals and objectives for the sport that they love so much. In order to achieve these landmarks, the athletes realise that they have to keep focused on their plans and not waver, as it is likely to cause their dreams and aspirations to go down the drains.

In order to separate them from the rest of the pack, these athletes are aware they will have to perform above the other players; and in order to do that they will have to bring much more to the games than these other players. One way of ensuring that they stay ahead of their counterparts is to be sharper, fitter and more courageous when it comes to making positive decisions in crucial moments on the field of play.

One can only be sure of oneself if one has been in a similar situation or even a close-enough situation which can be adjusted to fit the need of the current. The path that is usually taken to achieve this comfort level is PRACTICE. Practice is the only way of getting both your body and mind in sync for exceptional performance at any level.

The outstanding players that have played the game of football, not only in this country, would practice, practice and practice; knowing that this was the vehicle that would take them to the heights where most of the other players would just be looking up at them in envy. Practise in this case goes far beyond scheduled team practice; it involves a lot of personal time on the field and often times either alone or with a few other players who share the same or similar goals. It involves hours and endless hours of away-from-the-crowd drills and exercises.

Proper game preparation takes a lot from the athlete, but once the hard work is done the fruits of that labour would be the rewards of outperforming your teammates and by extension having more victories than the average players, who refuse to do the extra hard work.

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The Winning Ways

Other than a game of chance such as winning the lottery or raffle, winning a game or sport does not JUST happen, and it also does not happen on the field or court at the time that the game is being played. Winning takes place long before the game is being played, but it is just manifested during and after the competition.

Winners know what they are and it protrudes from them like an aura for all to see. Often times they come across as being arrogant and cocky. Winners are recognised long before they perform their acts. Even their opponents recognise them whenever they appear.  Although not always loved, they are usually admired, followed, watched and respected for the quality that they bring to their respective events.

The training, sacrifices and dedication which is necessary to become a winner is usually the reason why most will display attitudes, as they often think that they have the right to do whatever they desire, since they had put so much time and energies into becoming who they are.  Winners are usually ‘bright’ or smart people and even though most may not have or have had any great academic accomplishments, thinking in their respective sports beyond and above the capabilities of their opponents, has place them in a category by themselves.

Hard work and dedication are what winners are made of, and the reason why they are so few and far between is because the average person is afraid of going through what they put themselves through. There are no short cuts. That is the path that one must take in order to wear the coveted brand of being a winner. Look around you, whether it be in business, sports or games and you will see that the persons at the top of these groups are the one who work tirelessly to get there. The sacrifices they make are sometimes overwhelming and frightening whenever you hear some of the stories. They give up a lot, things like partying, advance education, free time, personal relationships and sometimes sleep, just so that they can accomplish what they had set out to achieve.

Other than the advance work that is put in to get them to the point of being a winner, there is also a before-game ritual that most winners follow. Winners see competition as simply that………COMPETITION. There is never a game or contest that is an easy game, and the performer goes out and gives it one hundred per cent. The rituals include food intake, beginning days before to ensure that the body gets what it will require on game-day; it involves adequate amount of rest to ensure that the body had recuperated from all the hard work of training; and it involves mental preparation in the form of strategies, plays and scenarios which are likely to appear in the game. With all this done in advance, the athlete is ready to face the most formidable opponent and since most opponents will be either unprepared or less prepared in some or most areas, the winner is likely to walk away with the prize.

A winner’s concentration is usually much sharper than his/her opponent’s and affords the winner the ability to focus all of the required energies into performing the act at hand. Even if the event were being played on the home court or field of the opponent, the winner is able to close out everyone who is unimportant to his game and focus on getting the job done. He/she sometimes perform to such heights that he or she is said to be performing in a ‘zone’. Playing in this cloud of performance, the athlete is able to perform unimaginable feat, sometimes even to the amazement of the opponents who find themselves watching instead of reacting.

A spectator goes to a sport or game hoping that he or she would witness one of these incredible performances by an athlete. Whenever one is so fortunate, whether it be live or broadcasted afterwards, it is always an unforgettable experience, and one that he/she shares with both friends and acquaintances for the rest of his/her life.

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Self-Motivation

Self-motivation is the driving, internal force that causes each of us to strive to perform a particular task or duty.

What motivates each of us in life is as vast and diverse as our physical appearances. Outside of our basic needs for survival, food clothing and shelter we all have different needs and go about varying ways to satisfy those needs.

Playing for a football team is no different a need, for which motivation will determine the heights that the player will achieve in the sport. The task set out by the player will be to achieve the goals that he had set for himself in the beginning or even during the journey towards completing the task. It is then safe to say that despite the fact that numerous football players show up to register to play for a particular team for the sole cause of winning a tournament, each player will be motivated by different energy level and vigour.

Other than just representing the team in a competition, each player should have a clear and precise knowledge of the achievements and the degree of achievements which he wants to attain. The deeper and more broad-based these reasons are, then the more dedicated is the player; and the harder it would be for him to be derailed or dissuaded form his dreams.

Players who become a part of a team for trivial reasons will not out the effort which the coach and most players will be expecting. However, if the atmosphere is conducive for growth and development, then that player can adjust his priorities and set new goals for himself.

In an armature league, a player will be more dedicated towards the cause of ensuring that his team remains competitive and aspiring as championship contenders, if he is playing for a team from his community. He will be even more dedicated to the cause if he had older siblings who played for the team and whose performance was at a level that he could aspire.

Rivalry within the team could also be a good motivator, especially if the player has a very competitive nature and would therefore use this to propel him to the top of his game, with the hope that he would be better that his competitors. In a case where more than one player is vying for a specific position in the team, the player with the most motivation will ensure that he does extra exercises and practices outside of regular scheduled practice sessions. He would be present at every scheduled practice sessions; arriving early and leaving late. Having dialogue with the coach or coaching staff to ascertain what his weaknesses were and how he could improve on his game. He would either have his own ball or borrow one from the coach so that he could go to the playing field where he would be alone, in a effort to work on the weaknesses which were pointed out to him.

The player, who perseveres in spite of obstacles, will achieve the goals and standards which he had set for himself.