Keeping calm

Feb 7, 2008

Emmanuel Adebayor is an Arsenal striker who has improved a lot this season.

The biggest area of his game which has improved – in my opinion, at least – is his composure in front of goal. He used to rush his shots. But now, he’s a lot more calm when under pressure.

Another prime example of being calm under pressure is Eduardo (another Arsenal striker). He’s a real natural finisher, and when presented with opportunities, he takes as much time as he needs. He’s never rushed, and keeps calm no matter how many other players are around him.

I could probably list more examples, but I think the point is kind of clear. You can have all the talent in the world, but the  ability to keep calm under pressure is what will allow you to make the most of that talent.

How do you keep your calm when placed under pressure?

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Get on with it

Feb 4, 2008

Yesterday’s Arsenal – Manchester City match demonstrated a really good lesson.  It was 2-1 to Arsenal, and Manchester City were pushing forward for the equalizer. On a quick counter attack late in the game, Arsenal scored a third, to seal the win. Adebayoor broke away, played the ball, and was brought down. Play went on because the ball went to Fabregas, who continued the move. Adebayoor just got up, and supported the move. The ball broke to him, and he scored.

He could have very well stayed down, and asked for the free kick, or feigned injury. It was a foul, after all. But he didn’t. He got up, got on with it, and scored.

I think that’s something we all can learn. Sometimes we get knocked down. Sometimes unfairly. We can stay down and complain about it. Or we can get up, and get on with it. If you do the latter, you’ll probably be rewarded for it.

It’s a tough thing to do, and something that I’m learning myself. But it’s a worthwhile lesson, I think.

How do you bring yourself to just get on with it when circumstances go against you?