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Performance Is Not A Function of TIME

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

Research shows that skills don’t necessarily develop over time, which means that you will not eventually get better if you only think that all you need is more time to practice. You are missing a key to practice. So what makes some practices better than other practices? The more practice changes you, the better practice is. Different than a practice that is only about doing the same thing over and over. Because if you want to change, you need to do something that changes you. Therefore, deliberate practice is necessary.

If you want to spend more time working at something, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you want to get to the next level, you need to know what skill you want to improve. You need an expert coach to guide you through deliberate practice. Or, if you don’t have access to an expert coach locally, then you have Next Level Soccer Academy. I have created specialized personal soccer training videos that give you a model to help you get better.

Next, you need to understand that you need to stress your system. To stimulate change that takes place when you’re recovering (sleeping). Remember that your body will continually adapt to the demands placed on it. You are frequently adjusting the type of stress so that your body, mind, and spirit are engaged effectively. Next, you need to make sure that the demands make sense in the context of the game. Otherwise, you will not improve your skill in a practical way that can be applied practically on the field during a game.

Finally, it would help if you kept a journal of success. After every training session, team practice, and game, you need to write down what you learned. Start with simple questions like What went well? What didn’t go well? How can you do better moving forward? Please keep it simple but stick with it. Over time you will begin to see patterns emerge. And your own words will start to speak to you more clearly than that voice in your head.

The four pillars are:

  1. Focus on deliberate practice.

  2. Find a coach or plan to follow.

  3. Engage in action and reps that stretch you out of your comfort zone.

  4. Reflect on what you are learning.

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