“Clutch Carli”

“The bigger the game, the bigger Carli plays.”
Soccer coach

“She was explosive, she was courageous…”
Sports commentator

Over the past week, I’ve watched Carli Lloyd’s amazing 54-yard midfield kick in the World Cup game more than a dozen times. Incredible — the stuff of legends. And it’s all the more amazing because at a low point in her career, Carli almost hung up her cleats. That’s right, she almost quit! Then she connected with a new coach who worked not only on her physical skills, but on building her “mental toughness.”

Mental toughness — the ability to bounce back from setbacks and keep improving and moving forward — is a quality we can all use in abundance. Here are some reflections on attitude and winning the mind game from “Clutch Carli” to inspire us all:

“If you want to be the best in the world, you have to sacrifice so much…I’ve dedicated my whole life to this.”

“I was just on a mission. I was on a mission to help my team win this game.”

“When you’re feeling good mentally and physically, those plays are just instincts.
It just happens.”

“The mental game is an absolutely huge thing.”

“There’s no holding back, no reserving energy. It’s full throttle. We’ll be ready to go.”

“You can always have energy, give great effort, and have a good attitude.”

“You have to fight harder, dig deeper, and prove all the doubters wrong.”

“Don’t let anybody work harder than you do.”

“I prepared harder than anyone. I don’t think there is anyone who trains harder than I do. I was ready for the moment and I took it game-by-game. I focused and I kept on it every day. Hard work pays off.”

“The harder you work and the more prepared you are for something, you’re going to be able to persevere through anything.”

“Practice like you have never won. Play like you have never lost.”

“All the repetitions, everything, came into play.”

Wow! If you need a mantra to motivate you, here’s one: “Don’t let anybody work harder than you do.” Bravo, Carli — play on! And inspired by Carli’s “full-throttle” mindset, let’s write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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