Challenges Help you Reach Goals It can be difficult to stay motivated and train at a high level throughout the competitive season. Practices can be monotonous. Depending on the sport, training sessions can be long and grueling. Seasons are lengthy. There are ups and downs all through the year. Injuries and discomfort can pile up during the year. A lot of time and energy are expended … [Read more...] about How to Stay Motivated in Training Sessions
Motivation in Sports
Sources of Motivation for Athletes Are you (or your athletes) motivated by getting your name in the newspaper? Are you motivated by receiving the MVP award at the end-of-the-year team banquet? These sources of motivation are referred to as extrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation refers to actions that are driven by external rewards such as money, trophies, acclaim, gifts, praise, awards, … [Read more...] about What Motivates Athletes?
Strategies to Stay Motivated as a Triathlete "How do I keep motivated when it gets really hard?" That questions sums up the most common and difficult struggle for every triathlete! The race itself is hard... Three distinct consecutive races wrapped up in one competition. The swim brings about a unique set of mentally challenging circumstances as you battle for positioning, deal with … [Read more...] about How Triathletes Can Stay Motivated When Training is Hard
Using Intimidation to Your Advantage “The intimidation factor” is commonplace in competition. Some athletes will seek to get a mental edge by taking you out of your game. Intimidation takes many forms such as: --Trash talking before a game --A brush-back pitch to shake up a hitter --An extra shove after a whistle was blown --Stare-downs or crazy antics No matter what intimidation is … [Read more...] about How to Overcome Intimidation in Sports
Phelps' Response to a Devastating Loss Have you suffered a tough loss in your career? Maybe it was a loss where you were favored to win or against an opponent that has never beaten you, or against a challenger with a much lower rank. Can you think of your own personal athletic experience where you suffered a loss when you were expected to win? How did you feel after that upset? How … [Read more...] about How Phelps Bounces Back From a Big Loss
Break Out Of Slumps Every athlete gets to the point in a season where motivation dips a bit. Motivation can be difficult to maintain through a long season with hours and hours of repetitive practice and training sessions. Repetitive workouts can lead to boredom for some athletes, “I get so bored in practice and just want it to be over.” Dips in motivation occur when an athlete loses … [Read more...] about How To Break The Boredom Cycle During A Long Season…
Do You get Discouraged When Things Don't Go Your Way? Have you ever committed to achieving a goal, worked harder than ever in practice, focused intently on improving technique but failed to see results in the near future? You’ve doubled your efforts in practice and paid particular attention to improving technique... and for what? The same results you achieved in the last … [Read more...] about Staying Committed Despite Results
Motivation In Sports Do you or your athletes maintain motivation over the course of a long season? Practices, weight training, video sessions, physical therapy can deplete an athlete’s motivation for brief periods of time. But motivation is directly under your control and is one big factor that contributes to peak performance. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I consistently … [Read more...] about Staying Motivated Over A Long Season
Increase Your Level Of Intrinsic Motivation Have you lost your motivation in the middle of a long season? Have you ever wondered what you could do to have greater motivation? There have probably been times where you had difficulty getting psyched up for a competition or pushing through the drudgery of training. As your season ended, you may have pointed to a lack of motivation as the … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Motivation For Athletes?
How to Achieve the Mindset of Tiger Woods What motivates Tiger Woods? The answer may surprise you... It's pretty simple... For Tiger, playing golf is a lot about winning. But it's also about engaging in the battle to beat others players. "I think I just enter events to win, and that's it... It's still about winning the event. That's why I played as a junior, all the way through to now--is … [Read more...] about What Motivates Tiger Woods?