Commitment is a promise you make to yourself to do something, like chasing a dream. Professional soccer players are committed to achieving their goals, and research suggests that their commitment is found to be greater than those who had a similar level of skill, opportunity, and geography but who could not make it to that level (Van Yperen, 2009). Researchers have also found that players who were intrinsically motivated by things like pleasure or fun were more likely to make a commitment to themselves than those who were extrinsically motivated by things like public regard, reward, or money (Garcia-Mas, 2010).
Every single day I wake up and commit myself to becoming a better player.
I changed my friends, my people. Everything. But everything I did, I did for football to achieve my dream.
To learn more about the attitude required to bring your dreams to life read Get Your Head in the Game, available for order at your favourite bookstore.