Harness The Power of Modeling

Harness The Power of Modeling

Utilizing models is crucial for any sort of development. Throughout my journey, I've had the privilege of observing various athletes whom I've modeled, beginning with my Dad, who was a professional soccer player (Lucky me!). From a young age, I absorbed his example, learning how to play, how to care for my body, and what it takes to compete at a professional level. I consider myself fortunate to have had such a stellar role model.

As I matured, I looked up to the seasoned players in my club, those coveted by prestigious schools and professional clubs alike. However, it wasn't until college that I truly grasped the power of modeling. I became fixated on Pep Guardiola’s famous Barcelona team, particularly the midfield maestros Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta. Xavi, in particular, captured my attention, and thanks to platforms like YouTube, I was able to immerse myself in every highlight reel available.

Prior to this, I typically watched soccer as a spectator, focusing on the flashy plays and highlights. However, fueled by my admiration for Xavi and a burning desire to improve, I shifted my approach to "studying" him. I analyzed his off-the-ball positioning, studied not only his signature moves but also where he used them on the field. Gradually, I began to incorporate these insights into my own training, intentionally adopting similar habits to Xavi.

From there, the power of modeling took hold. The more I delved into studying and applied these techniques on the field, the easier and more enjoyable the game became. I found myself succeeding consistently, employing the wealth of knowledge gleaned from Xavi's expertise. I experienced leaps and bounds in development during that time and I attribute the majority of it to successful modeling of one of the greatest to play the game.

This experience underscores why I am a staunch advocate for studying video and modeling oneself after accomplished athletes. I urge young athletes to seek out real-life and virtual models, study their techniques, and elevate their own game.

Author: Dillon Powers

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