Goal Journal Updates

[box icon=”http://icons.iconarchive.com/icons/custom-icon-design/pretty-office-8/48/Accept-icon.png”]As a player, you should always be trying to improve your game. The first step to improving is setting goals. The purpose of a goals journal is to keep notes and progress of the short-term and long-term goals you want to achieve. Here’s mine. I update it every time I need to say something.  [/box]


a goal with no plan is just a wish


Long-term goals

  • Play in a professional football club by July 2014.


Short-term goals

1. improve my confidence on:
  • 1-on-1’s
  • Receiving with back to ball
    & become a more valuable player by..
  • Looking for more ways I can get on the ball

Notes (Since June 2013)

– Getting better at 1-on-1’s, and find that I have a key advantage as I can shoot with both feet well and so the defender doesn’t know which direction I’ll go. Also learning not to stop or slow down as I’m approaching the defender.
– Getting on the ball more by positioning oneself on edge of box for 1 touch, shot.
– Making inside runs, you can get on the ball so much more as I found in training this week.
– Coach pointed out to me whilst playing, don’t be static, move & move. I think he was right and just maybe the answer to getting on the ball more.
– Receive ball on touchline, rather than in the middle.
4/8/13 – Confidence definitely improving in one on ones as I practice them more and more with the out of contract guys.
12/8 – going inside more as a winger to make those cross field runs, I do get more touches on the ball that way.
25/8 – go inside, but don’t crowd other peoples space.
1/9/ – trying to make more actions. Really trying to turn on that confidence.
15/9 – does better improvement with confidence come from playing with other more and taking risks, or doing individual training?
15/9 – if I compare myself now to this time last year, I definitely go inside more and lose the ball less often with my back to goal.
22/9 – definitely taking more players on in training. More shooting and dribbling. Final ball is lacking at the moment.. which is strange because it is my strength.
1/10 – Hints from coach Jermaine

  • Go inside when making that move, that’s the fastest way to goal.
  • wait for the eye contact and then make the run.

9/10- When to make the run across the defence and when not to. Pic here
21/10 – When there’s low anxiety coming into a match, you play more confidently. Taking on players, etc.
21/10 – Felt completely natural to go 1 on 1 take on and beat my opponent on the left wing. Did very well in that aspect. What I’ve been practicing in training is paying off and becoming natural.
21/10 – Hint from coach Jermaine about Defending positioning: Go in and help your team win the ball back if the man you leave unmarked is not dangerous.
?/12 – Making an angle (instead of straight) for a pass helps tremendously in getting on the ball more.
27/1 – Started this goal in June and there’s no doubt I’ve improved. Is it time to say goal accomplished?
2/3  – The feedback I get from coach is that my one on one’s still need improvement and maybe I should find a way where I don’t rely on that.

2. Maintain > 25% better running fitness than others in league (Since January 2014)
5/1/14 – this past month I’ve been doing boxing sessions with my brother. I’m trying to get the technique right, but once you do, you can have a real good workout.
5/1/14 – Making sure any drills I do are done at a high tempo and pushing limits.
27/1 – Have to get back into spinning each week.
2/3 – Past 3-4 weeks I’ve been doing one high intensity spinning session every week. I see good results.


3. make a real habit of scanning (Since June 2013)
General comment: Improving, and I really want to shine more out of tight positions. Getting better, but so difficult to make this a habit. Still making sure I’m purposely scanning in personal training’s and club training drills.
5/1/14 – feel like this is becoming more second nature now


4. Ongoing – Find out what makes great players, great. What separates the “great” from the “good”

This kind of stuff usually gets posted on the Facebook page

5. Create more WOW moments! (making actions which make people go WOW!)

not ready to develop this yet..

6. Keep on adding connections and building network (Since January 2014)
January – Skype calls with Kyle and Jeremy (biz founders),
January – Emailed 5 Swiss clubs in german. Result: 2 clubs “very interested” in 1. Liga. (4th div)
4/2 – Emailed 6 Swiss clubs (Super and Challenge), no response.

7. Eliminate anxiety towards football training’s and matches. 
27/1 – Good Post – 3 Words to Improve Pressure Performance
27/1 – How to prepare for a big moment
27/1 -” I learned a long time ago, when it comes to my growth as a person and as a professional, if it isn’t at least a little scary then it’s probably not worth doing…avoid getting trapped by some of the societal brainwashing we all go through.” – Be great even if you are nervous
0/2 – Good progress towards this. Have to keep it up.

8. Improve my Dutch football language skills (since March 2014)




  • be stronger off the ball
  • play quicker
  • don’t let attackers run inside
  • play long ball forward instead of risky passback
  • be more explosive, plan better
  • defend better(accomplished on: 1/9/13)
  • build linkedin network (accomplished on: 14/10/13)