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Alex Morgan is one of the fiercest athletes around, and she's built her entire professional soccer career off of the confidence that has in herself and her abilities on the field. TWIST caught up with the star at a Tampax Pearl and ProCamp event in New Jersey, and we asked her to dish on what it's like having so many young fans look up to her and be inspired by her successes (um, hello Women's World Cup 2015?).
"I've been on the National Team for 6 years, and it's still so new to me that there are so many girls that look up to me and the team," Alex tells TWIST exclusively. "It honestly is a little weird in the sense that there are so many girls who say they look up to me or want to be just like me, because I totally get it. I was in that position 15 years ago. It's also kind of crazy the impact that someone can have on these young girls."
"[When I meet young fans], they always say is that they want to be in my spot in 10 years or whatever it is, but I feel like by the time you're 10, 11 or 12, and you either have that passion or you don't," Alex says. "That takes you so much further than talent does, so I think that it's all about the passion you bring to the sport. Believing in yourself and having confidence in yourself is so important, especially at such a young age, when you're always trying to gain confidence from your teammates or your parents, or whoever. But it's all about believing in yourself."
Alex also shared her own pre-game confidence-boosting ritual with us, and it's so interesting to see how she preps for a big match.
"I actually use a lot of mental visualization before a game, so I'll put in headphones and go in a quiet room, and I'll imagine myself in a soccer game doing well and scoring a goal or taking a player on. Just things I would like to see for myself in the game," she shares. "That way when I get in the game I feel a lot more comfortable, I feel like I've already done it, and when I get in that position I feel like I've already gone through it in my head. That makes me feel a lot more comfortable with myself. Something else is just having a support system. Whether that's your parents, siblings, or teammates, having someone that you trust to give you that extra boost of confidence when you need something else outside of yourself."
We love the idea of using that strategy when tackling any big project or issue – on or off the field!
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