Motivation is the desire to achieve a goal. Athletes may be motivated to win a tournament, to play well or to improve their skills.
Motivation is the ability to commit to a goal and go after it with enthusiasm. Motivation is critical to achieve success in sports. Many top athletes attribute their success in sports to high motivation and continued commitment.
1. “Do it for love.” Reminding yourself that you love your book project, your sport, or your team can be a powerful motivator. During the team competition at the 2014 Olympics, I overheard (via TV) coach Frank Carroll tell nervous 18-year-old U.S. skater Gracie Gold words to this effect as she glided onto the ice for her performance: “Think about how much you love skating!” Phil Jackson, the renowned NBA basketball coach, explains it like this in his book, Eleven Rings: Focus on something greater than yourself that you love and value, such as your sport or your team.
These messages are not for athletes only! You can use them to fulfill your business plan, finish a work or home project, make a contribution to your community, or persist with any creative project. Please check back for another motivational message soon
The first step to improving your athletes’ motivation is to know what gets your athletes motivated. You also need to understand what causes athletes to lose motivation and want to quit.
- Kids who are motivated:
- Love to practice and compete
- Like to work on weaknesses so they can improve
- Get excited about competition
- Want to win and hate to lose
- Have high expectations for their performance
- Are dedicated to their sport
- Stay committed even when challenged
- Go after their goals with intensity
How are your athletes motivated to participate in sports?