Charles Duhigg, author of the power of habit, writes:

“Habits aren’t destiny — they can be ignored, changed or replaced. But it’s also true that once the loop is established and a habit emerges, your brain stops fully participating in decision-making. So unless you deliberately fight a habit — unless you find new cues and rewards — the old pattern will unfold automatically.”

Much of what we do good on the pitch comes from the fact that we have developed healthy footballing habits over time. Remember practice does not make perfect , practice makes permenant. Many of these movements , techniques, skills  are automatic((in neuroscience, this is called “long-term potentiation) as the brain constantly strives for more efficiency,  quickly transforming as many tasks and behaviours as possible into habits so that we can do them without thinking, thus freeing up more brainpower to take on new challenges.

Unfortunately the same can be said for your bad footballing habits.

For a habit to change and  stay changed, the player  must believe that change is possible.

What are your good footballing habits?

What are your bad footballing habits ?


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