Canadian Bronze Medalist, Janine Beckie
If I could use one word to describe today's interview, it would be PASSION.
Meet Janine Beckie, Canadian- American soccer player.
Janine currently plays for the Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Canada's Women's National Soccer Team.
Coming from a soccer background myself, I had so much respect and admiration for Janine's soccer career before even hearing from her (#goals)... but WOW, her heart and soul blew me away!
Talk about a FIERCE leader.
Meet Janine Beckie:
Tell me a bit about how you got into your sport— and what the journey has been like for
I started playing soccer when I was four, I played all kinds of sports growing up so it
wasn’t just soccer for me. I was a three sport athlete in high school (basketball, soccer
and track) and I played club soccer for Real Colorado in Denver. I was recruited to play
at Texas Tech University and played 4 years there from 2012-2015 and then got drafted
to the Houston Dash in the NWSL. I have been with the national team for 3 years now.
My journey has been long, lots of excitement but also disappointment but everything
that has happened has led me to where I am and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What have been your major highlights/achievements in your sport thus far?
Olympic Bronze Medalist (Rio 2016 Olympic Games)
Drafted #8 overall in the National Women’s Soccer League (2016)
Ranked #6 Best player in the country (2015)
Mac Herman Watch List – NCAA Player of the Year Award (2015)
3- Time NSCAA All-American
2- Time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
4- Time All- Big 12 First Team Selection
Big 12 Rookie of the Year (2012)
2011-2012 Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year
What are your goals for 2018?
Just to grow as a woman, friend, athlete, teammate. I want to grow in my faith this year,
that is something that is so important to me, do a bible study on a consistent basis. I
want to read more and learn more about mentality and the mind of champions, find new
ways to get the best out of myself. We have world cup qualifying at the end of the year
so that is obviously a goal and just to have a solid year in the league.
What are your main motivations behind competing and going after your
My faith is my number one motivation, I feel that I have been abundantly blessed with
althletic ability but more than that a passion for this sport and the joy that it brings to me
and those around me. I feel like the best way I can show how grateful I am for the
blessing of health and being a part of this sport is to devote myself to being the best
version of myself as I can. I also lost my father to skin cancer when I was 7 years old
and I have always been motivated to be someone who makes him proud and that has
also lead to how close my family is.
I love to win, I love how it feels to win and I love to compete, the feeling that I have had
winning at the highest level is unmatched. Its like chasing that high that I felt after
winning bronze and knowing how much better it would be to win gold or win the world
cup. Becoming the best team in the world is my motivation, anything short of #1 just
won’t feel like enough so everything I do every day is with that in mind and I have found
a new level of motivation from that.
Have you experienced any setbacks, or challenges in your career, and if so, what
helped you stick through the hard times and ultimately come back stronger?
I was the last cut from the team that played in the 2015 World Cup, I was devastated. I
had just spent 5 months training with the team and living in Vancouver and then to do all
of that and not make the team had to have been the hardest time in my career. But I
had a lot of trust in my coaching staff that they did not believe that I was ready at that
time and I had to believe that. I went home and I just kept grinding and pushing it out
knowing that I was going to get my shot at the Olympic team and I was not going to
miss out on that.
How important do you feel your mindset is when it comes to competing and pushing the
Mentality is almost the entire battle, I think it’s a bit of a cliché but they say its 10%
physical and 90% mental and I would completely agree. Its all about what you tell
yourself and what you let yourself believe. The mind is the most powerful part of us as
human beings and if you train it in the right way you’re going to get the best out of
yourself. In order to be an elite athlete and push your physical limits you have to
convince yourself to continue to do things you’ve never done. For me its about pushing
when I am in fatigue, when my mind doesn’t think I’m tired even if my body is, I will keep
going and I’ve been in that place more often as my career has gone on. It is only when
we are in places that take us out of our comfort zone where we find true growth so I try
and put myself in uncomfortable situations (mostly to test my physical limits) and then
How has your mindset helped your overall performance?
My mindset has completely changed since I began with the national team, we put a
massive emphasis on mentality and mental strength and it has changed everything not
just on the field for me but in my life in its entirety. Every time I go to make a decision, I
think about how it will effect me way more than I have ever have… is this going to
enhance my well-being or take away from it? My mindset to be the best in the world has
changed everything from my diet and what time I go to bed to how I schedule my week
and my personal life. The life of an athlete is sacrifice and that’s what my mindset has
taught me. In terms of my performance I have seen what I can do when I have a
committed mind and when I do my body follows; when I am in the midst of something that pushes me and challenges me I just think about what the end goal is and that is
world #1, and that is enough for me.
Have you ever visualized some sort of success before it happened?
I try and picture how I am going to do what I want to do in every game I play, I think
visualization is a great way to focus the mind and get in the right place for the game. We
played the United States on November 12 th , 2017 and I sat in the locker room and
thought about scoring in that game, something that I had dreamt of for a long time and I
scored to tie the game right at the beginning of the second half.
How do you deal with pressure from yourself, and those around you?
Personally, I invite pressure because I have had a lot of success when I have chosen to
look at it that way. I find the pressure that is most difficult to handle when it is from
coaches and teammates but usually that just means they believe in you and have big
expectations of you, which is also good. My family is incredibly supportive and they just
understand so they don’t put me under pressure. Media is something that has grasped
a handle on athletes that it never should have, in my opinion. Here’s what I think: the
media and people who don’t know you can make any opinion they want, but that should
never make way into your mindset, the people that matter are around you and they
know you and they love you because they go through the grind and the every day WITH
you, whoever else chooses to share their opinion is welcome too but I wont be paying
Knowing there are always women fighting for a spot on the teams you play for, how do
you remain focused on your own journey and not get caught up in comparison?
Comparison is like punching your ticket away from success, but like everyone else, I
have done it in the past, all it does is make your paranoid and upset thinking about
someone who “could be” or “might be” better than you but the truth is that no matter
who is out there that might be better or different or whatever, nobody is you and the
reason that I am where I am is because of who I am and what I bring to the table. I
strive to push my limits and make myself better and that’s all I can ask of myself and all
I ask of others is to give me a chance to show who I really am and when I have done that and chosen to stay true to me I have seen the benefits.
Do you have a favourite quote that you live by?
Behind mountains are more mountains. One does not overcome an obstacle to enter the land of
no obstacles. On the contrary, the more you accomplish, the more things will stand in your way.
There are always more obstacles, bigger challenges. You’re always fighting uphill. Passing one
obstacle simply says you’re worthy of more. Which is good because we get better with every
attempt. Never rattled. Never frantic. Always hustling and acting with authority. Never anything
but deliberate. Simply flipping the obstacles that life throws at you by improving in spite of
them, because of them. And therefore, be no longer afraid. But excited, cheerful and eagerly
anticipating the next round.
How important do you feel the challenges have been on your journey, and what have
they taught you thus far?
Things not going as planned = life. Simple as that. I have learned to roll with the
punches, do everything I can to control what I can control but to leave the rest to
trusting that the Lord has a plan for my life. The challenges I have faced in my life and in
the game have given me an appreciation for being able to do what I love every single
day and call it my job.
What advice do you have for other women, when it comes to achieving success?
Be you, your genuine, true, original self and work hard. Nothing is given in this life,
make yourself uncomfortable, chase what you want even if you think its crazy because
if its not, you’re not dreaming big enough because when we are uncomfortable we see
growth and we find our OWN path to success, no matter how bumpy and curvy it may
be. The human race is powerful and women are powerful, go find the thing that makes
you feel alive and go after it.
HERE ARE MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS:
#1: Nothing is given in this life, find the thing that makes you feel alive and GO AFTER IT (even if you think it's crazy).
#2: The mind is the most powerful part of us as human beings: Its all about what you tell yourself and what you let yourself believe.
#3: Strive to push the limits and make yourself better every day - that's all you can ask of yourself.
What were your biggest takeaways? Share it in the comments below!
Janine, thank you for sharing your story and beyond that, thank you for being so real. You are a true inspiration. Wishing you nothing but the best in your career!!
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