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Do our Habits Predict our Success?

By Joe Ulm

Habits. We all have them, both good and bad. They help shape our identity, and they play a huge role in determining our future. When we consider our habits in this way, it’s no wonder why we work so hard to instill good habits in our kids. Yet, for all that appears obvious about habits, the idea that they’re highly predictive of our success wasn’t an idea I had ever considered. That is, until I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. What I discovered while reading the book was as simple as it was eye-opening. For example…


  • If you want to be successful, start with your habits
  • Your habits are the best indicator of whether you will achieve your goals (or not)
  • Making things easy is essential to building good habits (and kicking the bad ones)
  • We’re so conditioned to most of our own habits that we don’t even notice many of them
  • The main reason why we build habits is to solve problems
  • Starting very small is key when building new habits


Although these ideas aren’t particularly profound, understanding the relationship between our habits and our success, is more than profound – it’s essential. Yet, success is rarely framed in this way in today’s culture. Rather, success is more commonly tied to concepts like hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and dedication. These are all valuable and pertinent concepts and their relationship to success is both important and valid. But the better approach to teaching these concepts may just be through the lens of our habits.

Stay United Everyone.


street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!


Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex


  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.