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What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Training

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Soccer players getting ready for training

There will be days when you don’t feel like training.

Every soccer player has them.

So what do you do when days like this come up?

It depends.

If you don’t have a goal or a purpose behind your training, it will be very easy to give up.

There is no compelling reason to sacrifice and keep going.

However, if you have a purpose, you are far more likely to succeed.

Set Goals

If you haven’t already, set some goals for your soccer career.

What is it that you want to achieve as a player?...

Take some time to think about it and write it down.

When times get tough and you don’t feel like training, remember your goals.

If they are important enough, they will help you to get out and train even when you don’t feel like it.


The other thing that will help is to understand where motivation comes from.

Quote: Motivation isn't some external force outside of ourselves. It's something we feel AFTER we start an exciting task.

It only comes AFTER we START moving.

So if you’re not feeling like training one day, DON'T WAIT for the motivation to come.

Just put on your soccer gear and START training.

After a few minutes, the motivation will come and you’ll be so glad you decided to get up and get going.

Don't Beat Yourself Up

If you do happen to miss a day or two of training, don’t beat yourself up.

Getting down on yourself won’t help.

Just start over.

Try again.

Creating habits takes time.

Keep on trying until what once seemed hard becomes a habit.

You can do it!

You are doing better than you think you are!


Becoming a great soccer player is just as much about mindset and character as it is about skill and talent.

If you ever don't feel like training, take a page out of Nike's book.

Just do it!

You will be glad you did afterwards.

Good luck!

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