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If you want to reach your long term goals in football, you need to change your mindset and focus on the long term. If you're like most people, you probably have a lot of short term goals that are easy to measure. For example, if I wanted to lose weight this week or next month, it would be easy for me to track my progress through small milestones such as losing one pound or fitting into an old pair of jeans again. But what if I told you that achieving those smaller goals wouldn't actually help me achieve my long term goal? That's right—they may actually hurt it!

Prepare your mind and body

  • Practice positive thinking.

  • Meditate.

  • Do yoga.

  • Exercise regularly to keep your body in good shape and strong enough to handle the physical demands of football, especially if you're going to play at a high level like college ball or pro ball.

  • Eat right: make sure you're getting plenty of protein and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables, as well as from food that gives you energy without weighing you down (like nuts or fruit). And don't forget about water! It's important for every part of our bodies including our hearts and muscles!

  • Get enough sleep: sleep is needed for our bodies to repair themselves after tough workouts; not getting enough will not only slow down recovery but could also lead to injury because we're weaker when we don't get enough restful sleep each night!

Determine how much time and energy you can devote to the goal

Before you can even begin to think about how to reach your long term goals, you have to know what they are. And this is not always as easy as it sounds.

A good way to start is by asking yourself: How much time and energy can I devote to reaching this goal? This may sound like a basic question, but it's one of the most important ones in the entire process. If you don't know how much time or energy you're willing or able to put into something, then how will you ever get anywhere? There are a lot of factors that go into answering these questions, including your health and family situation; your job responsibilities; any financial obligations that come with those responsibilities (like rent); etc..

If there's one thing I've learned over my years coaching football players who have struggled with their fitness goals—and let me tell you: there have been quite a few—it's that every single athlete needs his own personal plan for success (or failure).

Identify your skills

Let's begin by defining some terms:

  • What are your skills? This is the first thing to consider. Perhaps you're good at dribbling, or maybe you can take a lot of shots without missing. Whatever they may be, it's important to identify your strengths and weaknesses so that you can identify which areas need improvement. You need to know what your strengths are if you want to improve them further!

  • What are your goals? Once we have established what our skills are, we can set specific goals for ourselves in order to reach them. Goals should be realistic but challenging enough so as not to bore ourselves out of practicing regularly (and perhaps even out of playing at all). They should also reflect something meaningful in our lives—something which motivates us on a personal level. For example: I might want my team members' respect more than anything else; therefore I would choose this goal because it specifically relates back over time again . . .

Develop a plan of action

The first step to achieving any goal is to define it. Before you start your plan of action, think about why you are setting this goal and what exactly you want to achieve. When you have a specific idea in mind, it will be easier for you to stay focused on your objective and work towards it in a disciplined manner.

Don’t worry too much about what other people’s goals are either; just make sure that they align with yours and that they don't distract from the main objective at hand — namely developing a long term relationship with football which enables both mind and body improvements over time

Set up smaller goals

Set up smaller goals that you can achieve. Goals are a good thing to have, but they shouldn't be too lofty or far off in the distance. Setting small, realistic goals is important because it gives you something to work towards. If the goal is too large then it's hard to get motivated for it and this will make everything more difficult. Having a target to aim at makes it easier for you to reach further than before because you know where your target is so there isn't much guesswork involved!

Set up a time frame for each goal and reward yourself with something if/when you complete them successfully! Don't forget about rewarding yourself after completing each step along the way as well - this will help keep your motivation high when things get tough and maybe even add some healthy competition between friends who are also trying do things together with their families rather than just friends!

Find a football coach or mentor

  • Find a football coach or mentor.

  • Find a nutritionist and/or trainer that can help you achieve your long term goals for football.

  • Refine your mental game through various means such as meditation, journaling, talk to sports psychologists and other people that have achieved similar things to what you want in life.

Let go of short term goals and focus on long term goals.

You can't win football without a team. And you can't win the game without winning in your mind first.

The only way to do that is by focusing on the long term, not short term goals like making a certain number of tackles or scoring a touchdown. Instead, think about how you want to perform for yourself and for the team as a whole. The first step is letting go of any small-minded goals that don't serve either purpose—they'll only hold you back from achieving real success!


The next time you want to accomplish something big, don’t think of it as a long term goal. Think of it as a journey towards the goal and celebrate every step along the way.

By Ciprian Stoica

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