We are approaching the halfway mark of our 2020 summer season and the days and weeks are moving faster than ever! A feeling such as this is a sign of enjoyment in the life events that are currently taking place along with the vision and goals of the future. “Your” time feels as though it is moving faster as you are chasing dreams and accomplishing small goals each day. For optimal satisfaction, there needs to be a greater purpose in the actions that we take.
Purposeful action requires thought, effort and meaning that is decided by the individual, however can be motivated or inspired by others. At times there can be challenges in finding the purpose of our actions when we are distracted, overwhelmed or tired. What is the point? If this is the result than why am I doing this? At these moments are when our discipline is challenged and the words, actions and guidance of others can be of great help!
One continuous motivator for us all is the fact that everything that we do or don’t do matters. It has taken time and experiences to truly understand this way of thinking. Especially here in our culture and society it is a challenge to develop this way of thinking because of the multitude of opportunities we all have and the endless choices. If I miss this one, there will be another one. I can always make up this session two days from now. This then develops a mentality of 75% in almost all that is done. Our 75% becomes our 100% in our head and we never reach our full potential. We honestly believe we are giving our maximum effort without knowing we are missing that 25% that is going to make the difference in reaching what we believe we want.
To be clear, I am responsible for similar behavior and it is a daily challenge to be at 100% mentality. What has helped me continuously improve on this mindset is raising the standards and embarking on an ambitious expansion of the academy. The construction of our indoor facility has brought many challenges that require an all in mentality and there will be more to come!
Our individual desires, environment, surroundings and necessities will create the demand of a certain mentality. We must search and fight for our passions and understand the purpose of our actions!
We at JPSA and JPSC strive to do all things with a purpose and expect the same from our players and families who are members of our Academy.
Yours in soccer,