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Kickin’ it with success in the New Year

The New Year is upon us once again. Throw out your 2017 calendar, assuming you don’t use the one on your phone, and put up your 2018 calendar with some excitement. Of course, coming up with some New Year’s resolutions is bound to happen. Many people create New Year’s resolutions to try to better themselves after the previous year. For kickers and punters, here are five New Year’s resolutions that will help you be successful over the next 12 months.

1. Get it done and have the right attitude

For rising seniors, this is your last year to make or break the chance at playing college football. It is important to not stress out over the hurdles you will face. The best way to “leap over” the hurdles is through solid work ethic and a positive attitude. Work hard with a mindset of looking forwards, not backwards. Attack each opportunity with the enthusiasm and effort of a last-second field goal. Failure is inevitable but if you have the right mindset and try again you will eventually succeed. Those are key to being successful in 2018.

2. Get stronger in the weight room

For the next eight months, give or take a week or two, there will be no games. This is not the most fun part of football, but weightlifting is essential to performing well on the field. Many people come up with New Year’s resolutions to work out. If you want to improve as an athlete, you cannot be someone who goes to the gym a few times in January and then vanishes. You must constantly put in the work at the gym in order to reap the rewards on the field. One way to maximize those rewards is to find a workout plan that suits you the best. There are tons of different workout plans and exercises littered all over the internet. In my previous blog entry, I talked about the workout program that was developed by Coluzzi Kicking. If you are interested in buying the Coluzzi Kicking workout program, click the Register tab on our website for more details.

3. Watch film

Watching film has become a commonplace at the high school football level. The best way to understand your mistakes is to film your practice with a phone or camera. After practice, watch the film and check out your footwork. Take notice of the mistakes you made and try to correct them the next time you go out kicking. It is important to watch film after you're done kicking and not during your practice because this will cause you to overthink, which will turn you into a head case on the field.

4. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people

Football is a team game on and off the field. Your teammates are your support group. Take the new year as a chance to examine the people that surround you. Try your best to get rid of negative people that limit your success. Conversely, find new people that can help and support you in different aspects of your life. New mentors or peers that can help you succeed not just athletically, but also academically and socially, are beneficial. In the case of football, have better relationships with your coaches (especially your position coach), get closer with your teammates and forge connections with recruiters. These people will show you the path to victory on and off the field.

5. Be self-directed

Almost all kickers and punters would agree that kicking alone is much more time-consuming than kicking with others. Unfortunately, there will be times when you have to retrieve your own kicks. In fact, here at Coluzzi Kicking we encourage it so you space out the amount of reps you take in a given practice, which relates back to my earlier blog about Quality over Quantity. You have to be able to practice, work out and accomplish other football tasks on your own time. All it takes is having the initiative to go through with it. In football, some elements like the weather outside is out of your control. What you do have control of is your work ethic and readiness to get started in 2018.

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