This year, a critical success factor for any Premier League club will be the service of an excellent and agile goalkeeper.
To be a good football goalkeeper, you must have exemplary ability to see danger far away, anticipate the action of the opponent and make a decisive plan to mitigate the danger.
While an agile goalkeeper is essential for the success of a football team, it is equally essential that you become a prolific and visionary goal tender if you want to be successful in any endeavour in 2014. You must think like a goal keeper if you want to succeed in 2014.
In football, they say that the ball has to get past ten other players before the goalkeeper and many would agree that having a good goalkeeper is vital to winning games.
Just as in football, a goalkeeper is a custodian tasked with warding off all potential threats to the fulfilment of an ambition, objective or aspiration. You should have a goal, aim or objective towards which your endeavours are directed and which you would guard diligently in 2014. If you want to look back with a smile and congratulate yourself in December 2014, you must start now with a concrete plan.
If you fail to plan, you’ve planned to fail
Czech Republic and Chelsea goalie Petr Cech is known to hold a record “clean sheets” without conceding, thanks to a stellar career for his club and country. Cech has been at Chelsea since 2004 and had close to 300 appearances at Stamford Bridge. He exudes confidence and consistency, but do you know that if Cech fails to plan for any particular season, that means he has planned to fail for that season?
Most people wish to be successful but have no plan for success. If you fail to plan, it means you have planned to fail.
A goal without a plan is just a wish. It is important that you break your goals down into little objectives and do-able tasks. You may choose to call this your action plan. You need a list or a plan of actions which will enable you to achieve your goals.
Have a realistic plan
England and Manchester City goalie, Joe Hart continues to flourish. He has cemented his place as England’s No 1 and has been hailed as the best “keeper in the world” by his coach, following a string of impressive displays for City in the Champions League at the end of 2013. But as good as Hart is, if his aim is to keep a clean sheet for the rest of the season, that will be an unrealistic plan.
Your plans should be challenging but realistic and achievable. Plans that are too easy or too hard can negatively affect your motivation. A blurry, half-baked or fuzzy plan is not a realistic plan.
Types of Goals
Your investment goals for 2014 demands that you sacrifice today for tomorrow. It is better to invest for your future than to borrow from your future.
Career goals place you in a position to get better at work and earn enough money to have all the material possessions and time you want for yourself later in the year. Fernando Muslera of Uruguay and Galatasaray has been the target of several Premier League clubs in recent months. The former Lazio stopper is considered one of the best in dealing with the aerial ball and saves his best performances for the games that matter. The 26-year-old currently plays his domestic football for Galatasaray and his career goal is to be in the English Premier league. Judging from the level of interest in him he is not far from his career goal.
An adage says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Do you have plans for relaxation time? How do you relax? Do you read books? Would you go to the cinema or theatre? Are you savouring fine foods and wines? Do you listen to great music? Start thinking creatively of ways of filling your life with beauty and let nothing stop you from living well.
Family goals allow you to share and to enjoy life with members of your family. Do you have a plan to be a better husband, wife, parent, aunt or uncle?
Spiritual goals give you the opportunity to look at the big picture. How is your relationship with God? What is your responsibility to the environment and to your fellow human being?
Iker Casillas of Spain and Real Madrid is tipped as the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year. This is expected to be the legacy of the European and world champion who has enjoyed a stunning career at Real Madrid.
What do you intend to leave as your legacy? At the end of your career or time on earth, how will your life have made a difference to humanity?
Poland and Arsenal goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny came to Arsenal as a 20-year-old at a time when four other goalkeepers were competing for the position at the club. In order to cement his place as Arsenal’s No 1, Szczesny’s personal goal was to be physically strong in order to be Wenger’s first choice keeper. This vision became a reality within four years at the club.
Your physical goals ought to challenge you to be as fit and healthy as possible in 2014. Do you exercise? Are you watching your weight and getting enough sleep? Physical exercise can also help you to reduce stress and align your priorities.
Community Service Goals
Community service goals give you the opportunity to give something back to the community. Can you volunteer to work for a worthwhile local cause? Can you donate your time or money for a charitable and good cause? Can you run in a race to raise money for those in need? Would you consider running for a political office? Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Intellectual goals encourage you to commit a life of curiosity and self-education. Books, magazines, talks, speeches, seminars, courses and the entire world of the internet are amongst your resourc es. How will you improve on your intelligence? If you want to be a good leader, you should be a good reader because readers are leaders.
Goalkeeping is the least fashionable of all the footballing positions, but also one of the most important. A good goalkeeper plays a decisive role in carrying his team to success. This new year, aim to be a good goalkeeper.