10 Ways Carli Lloyd Works To Accomplish Her Goals

Over the past few years Carli Lloyd has become a name that more and more people are beginning to recognize. Lloyd lead the women’s team to victory over Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final and has earned two Olympic gold medals for Team USA in 2008 and 2012. Needless to say, Carli is definitely enjoying her hard-earned fame, but she hasn’t forgotten all the time and effort it took her to get to where she is now.

Here are 10 ways that Carli works to help herself become the best player in the world:

1. People want you to fail, so prove them wrong.

Carli Lloyd has faced her share of doubt and struggle during the course of her career. There are always people around who want you to succeed and will support you to that end, but there are also those who want to see you fail. Your success will come when you prove them wrong. It will take a lot of dedication and hard work, but you have to stay hungry keep your desire to succeed fresh in your mind. Use those who doubt you as motivation to keep you going, and it will help you achieve your goal.

2. Never settle or be content.

Even when Carli won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after securing two Olympic gold medals, she is still not satisfied. Her goal is to be the best in the world, and she continues to work towards that goal everyday. Carli refuses to let her fame and success go to her head, and works hard to maintain discipline and sets new goals for herself with the passing of every new season.

3. Train like an underdog.

Even though Carli Lloyd is now far from ‘underdog’ status, she continues to pursue her goals by working like she is. Never forgetting the hard work that it took to get to where she is allows Carli to maintain her discipline and work ethic. Constantly setting new goals to reach also motivates her to keep going and not to stop until her ultimate goal is reached.

4. Work to improve, not just maintain.

If you want to become better at something then you have to work towards it, not simply maintain what you are already doing. What you are doing now has helped you to get where you are, but now you must consider what you should do in order to keep going. Practice makes perfect, but challenge makes a master. An athlete or musician who simply rehearses the same piece over and over is not really improving, simply becoming set in the mold. Learning a new skill or taking on a new technique will help you improve your skills and accomplish new goals.

5. If you want it, earn it.

Everybody wants to be recognized and respected as individuals and as professionals. But in order to gain someone’s respect, we must first earn it. The same is true for reaching your own goals. If you want to win, push yourself to earn the win. Nothing simply falls into your lap in life, you must master it with time and hard work, and if you do this, anything you ever want can become yours.

6. Don’t run from a challenge.

The only goals in life that are worth pursuing are those that are difficult to reach. Struggling to reach your goals helps you build character, develop discipline, and appreciate the value of hard work. This is a fundamental part of Carli’s mindset when she sets goals for herself to achieve. If you always take the easy path, you will never really accomplish anything, but if you set out to achieve something that you know will be very difficult, the rewards will be greater than you ever imagined.

7. Enjoy the process.

Nobody would classify work as fun, but if you are working to accomplish something you are truly passionate about, then fun will come automatically. Always remember why you are doing what you are doing. Keeping that passion and motivation fresh in your mind can do wonders to help drive your work ethic and positively affect your attitude. Enjoying what you are doing as opposed to feeling like you are forcing yourself to do something can make all the difference when it comes to success.

8. Be willing to do whatever it takes.

Without breaking any rules or do anything unethical, never hesitate to do whatever it takes to reach your goal. If your plan of action is not working, regroup and try to come up with another strategy. In competition there will always be a winner and a loser, but a loser that gives everything their all is still a winner at heart.

9. Make it a priority.

Many of us have to worry about multiple things all at once, but if there is one goal that you really want to accomplish, you have to make it a priority. Don’t let your self lose focus on the end goal. Try to make everything that you do relevant to that which you are ultimately trying to achieve.

10. Don’t always hold back emotion.

Your emotions can help to strengthen your resolve. Anger and frustration are powerful tools that can help you reach your goals, so long as you do not let them affect your determination and distract you from your work. Use your emotions, do not let them use you.