Remember Doomsday 2012, and how people actually bought attics and months of farmland supplies to prepare for it? It never ended up happening, and some probably went into serious debt because they thought the banks wouldn’t exist anymore. They were certainly prepared, and how they prepared for it makes sense 100 percent.
Certain actions will carry our goal through the finish, and others will set us back. In life, we strive every day to improve in our craft. Actions that are necessary to take – like filing your taxes – aren’t setbacks. They’re hurdles where we can use techniques like patience in resolving them.
Sometimes we might just want to get laid. It’s necessary, or else we’d burn ourselves out (unless you prefer to eat ice cream). Enjoying a bubbly woman in your life is like taking a cold shower, it’s cool and refreshing. It can be annoying at times, but at the end of the day you’ll be glad it’s there.
It’s an action that, though it may seem to rob you of your time, is actually an investment that accelerates your work rate. To enjoy women, you need to prepare yourself to talk to them by studying people in successful relationships (and applying those principles in talking to women in person).
If we want to improve, we have to do things that bring prosperity. Usually these things suck and we hate ourselves and the world in that moment. These hurdles don’t have to be hopped through (unlike taxes), and that’s the trick. If you choose to hop it, your personal growth’s going to blow up.
The results I’m seeing from investing five hours a day for six days a week (yeah, really) in soccer training is showing after only three weeks. It reminds me a lot of lifting and how after a few weeks, I start seeing my muscles bulge and take shape. But damn, those workouts suck sometimes.
Studying My System may be the most annoying task on Earth because you can’t play chess while reading it, but one day you decide to grudgingly study the concepts.
After a long week, you play a chess game on Sunday at a local cafe. Your opponent looks like a wasteman and he ends up becoming obliterated! It’s like he completely didn’t know what he was doing. He was playing…without a system.
I have a system in soccer. It’s invaluable to my success when it comes to defense. Systems don’t have to be complicated, in fact it’s better that they remain simple. But I was only able to construct this system because I prepared for it, just as how you would have prepared for the chess game by studying.
Being prepared is just a way of life and doing the same thing consistently every day, or at least almost every day (like six days a week, but no less than five).
The coolest part is when you witness your efforts pay off in dividends. A veteran soccer player who’s played in USA and Spain (Division Two) came back into town to play pick-up soccer with us. At the end of the game, we had a chat. He concluded everyone (including I) sucked. There was a difference, though.
“You actually have a chance of improving, which is why I’m giving you advice.”
That’s why you’re here too. Your mind is open to the knowledge and experience that this blog brings. I had to be quiet and not argue with his pathway lest I make him annoyed, ending the conversation.
Also, the gym was closing in fifteen minutes, and I had to make a choice: invest my time in his words, or take a shower.
Looking at my phone during the conversation to see the time would be useless and would signal its end, so I made my choice: I did nothing but listen, mentally shut my phone off, and opened my mind. I prepared myself to receive his advice.
Preparation can be in the moment, in the form of making the right decision. Or it can be long-term, which involves deciding what actions will bring your vision to life the quickest.
For any of you wondering, he basically told me…
- Stop dancing with your opponent! You’re pressuring him at 50% effort. Run to him full speed or don’t run at all.
- The opponent has to be pressured when he’s receiving the ball, not when he’s controlled it.
- You must become a passing machine.
I reflected, absorbed, and visualized his advice. The next day we decided to play again.
Holy crap, his words brilliantly manifested into resounding results! Every time someone tried to receive the ball in the defensive side of the field, I would pressure them and they wouldn’t be able to control it. They would flat out gift the ball away to me. Then I decided to pressure them upfield, and I would sometimes win the ball.
I made some pleasing passes too. I kept my head up the entire game.
You should be preparing too, and not just by doing. You should not do things that don’t help you achieve. This frees up a lot more time for practice.
For every minute of game time, how many minutes should you practice? I asked an experienced American soccer player how much it should be, he thought it was four. Dre Baldwin will gladly tell you he puts in a 20-to-1 ratio. A professional basketball player that told me of the concept, he ends up training four hours a day for five days just for a SINGLE basketball game.
The concept is incredible, and his application of it is even more astonishing. It made me really start to think, “Am I putting enough work in on the field?” I only put in ten hours for an hour of game time, which in retrospect was lame.
Now I wake up at 4:30am, start training at 5:45am, and by 10:45am I’m finished. For days I don’t lift weights, I work on movement: acceleration, agility, and sprint speed. I’ll play a hard, effortful 45 minutes twice a week for the 30 hours I put in weekly.