Welcome to the new year!!!
I hope you rang in 2020 in style and are ready to get to work accomplishing all of your goals in soccer and life!
I’ve been ready for 2020 and am excited to see what this new year brings as we all keep putting in the work we know is necessary.
Over here in the Mental Strength League, the grind never stops.
This past week I had an amazing opportunity to sit down with Olympic gold medalist, Sanya Richards-Ross, and talk all things mentality during the #AskASoccerPro Show.
The theme of the show was ‘Right vs. Easy’ and I really wanted to share some of my thoughts with you:
Right vs. Easy
I was thinking a lot this week about what it means to do what is right, vs. what is easy.
For the most part, I think we know what the right thing to do is, with the exception of a few situations and select individuals who honestly might not know.
Most people will say, “I don’t know what the right thing to do is!”
Chances are, you know what the right thing to do is.
The problem is, it’s very hard to do the right thing because there usually isn’t anyone holding you accountable. That’s why doing the right thing is usually pretty difficult.
You want to do what’s right. Not what’s easy. So, how does this concept of right vs. easy apply on the soccer field?
If you know me, you know I’m all about winning. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win. Now, being the person who is the victor, the hero, the one who is taking all the glory and accolades is not always the best way to go about winning in the long term.
If the way you’re going about winning is to the detriment of everyone around you, if the only way you can build the tallest building is by knocking down everyone else’s, or the only way you can get to the top of the mountain is by stepping on the heads of everyone around you; you might get to the top, but you’re going to be really lonely there.
You’re not going to be able to share your glory with anyone, and you’re going to have to ask yourself, “was it all worth it?”
Chances are, it wasn’t.
Stop Bs’ing Yourself!
Along your journey and along your path in life or soccer, you’re going to hit many moments in time when you’re going to be able to take a shortcut. The coach isn’t looking at you, your parents aren’t looking at you, everyone is focused on something or someone else.
So you think, you don’t have to do the right thing or put in the work, it doesn’t really matter this time. But, what I would say to you, “if it doesn’t really matter this time, then why not just do it?”
We don’t make excuses here in the MSL, we’re out here developing a winner’s mindset.
Your job is to catch yourself when you’re bs’ing yourself.
Because guess who is the best person at bs’ing you? YOU.
Eventually, you’re going to get sick of the BS. The problem is, if you get really good at bs’ing yourself, you won’t get sick of it for a long time. If it’s a while before you get sick of your own BS, then you might run out of the only thing that is most valuable to you… your time.
I am actually putting the final touches on the newsletter before I head upstairs to quickly pack for my early 4 am flight to Las Vegas.
I will be heading across the country to attend the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show, CES
Here’s a picture of us at the event in 2019!
I learned a lot in my time there last year and am greatly looking forward to learning more this time around.
If you happen to be in the area or attending the conference and you’re able to spot me out. (I’ll be repping my MSL merch) Please come up and say hello.
The first 10 people who see me and take an “I’m In Your Head” photo with me will get a free MSL hat lol.
Don’t know if anyone will actually see this, let alone spot me out at the event seeing as how last-minute this is, but hey, I thought it would be fun to add this here and see.
Mental Strength Coaching
I got together with a few of the players I mental strength coach, steady out here putting in our reps!
I’m sure you recognize a few of these guys ?
Mental strength coaching helps players to be their best, on and off the field. It’s so exciting to see the number of players who value their mental strength grow with each passing week!
Just a quick reminder, I’m currently in my Free Agency! If you’d like me to sign with your organization, please feel free to share my soccer resume with the person you think would be in charge of making that decision.
Or if you’re just a soccer player or parent, wanting to know what your soccer resume should included or look like, it’s worth checking it out here:
I’ll be attending the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore from January 15-19 with a few members of the Perfect Soccer team!
I would love to see you there and will be giving away free Perfect Soccer merch to the first 250 people who find me, take a photo and post with #MSL2020 #SignQuincy
#AskASoccer Pro Show Ep. 051: Right vs. Easy, Growing a Long Term Winner’s Mindset
Right vs. Easy I #AskASoccerPro Mini-Blog
The Value of Experience I #AskASoccerPro Mini-Blog
The 10 Pushup Challenge I I #AskASoccerPro Mini-Blog
How to Kill an Internet Troll I I #AskASoccerPro Mini-Blog
Right vs Easy | PS Clips | #AskASoccerPro Show Ep. 051
The value of experience | PS Clips | #AskASoccerPro Show Ep. 050
The 10 push up challenge | PS Clips | #AskASoccerPro Show Ep.050
How to Kill an Internet Troll | PS Clips | #AskASoccerPro Show Ep. 050
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Thank you for catching up with me this week!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you on social media (especially Twitter @QuincyAmarikwa), and I look forward to seeing your questions for the next episode of #AskASoccerPro Show, live this Thursday 6 pm PST 9 pm EST on the www.PerfectSoccerSkills.com/Instagram account!