Motivation is one of the key mental skill of the The Wheel of Mental Performance.
It can be seen as the internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to an activity and to make an effort to attain a goal. Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the:
(1) intensity of desire or need,
(2) incentive or reward value of the goal,
(3) expectations of the individual and of his or her peers.
How do you sustain your motivation when the road seems long and monotonous, during the less exciting period of the season, during the tough winter time, when you doubt or when the results are not there?
Here are some suggestions:
- Find and understand your Why: the first and key factor in motivation is to understand why you are doing your sport and what you want to get out of it. And then remind yourself of this Why when feeling demotivated.
- Early on, make the decision to Commit. The power of commitment is huge, this is what will really keep you on track each time you want to just give up. It has to come from within. It is saying to yourself that no matter what, you will continue to work toward your goal.
- Set up Intermediate Goals that seem closer than the big end goal.
- Create an Inspiring Vision and visualize it every day. It will keep it fresh at the top of your mind and help go through difficult times.
- Create a Positive Outlook: focus on the positive rather than complaining, find opportunities in every difficulty or set back, focus on and celebrate small achievements.
- Practice being Focused and Relaxed as it will ease to stay motivated
- Vary your work outs to avoid monotonous training and avoid to be bored and make it Fun (for instance, set some intermediary fun goals/meets)
- Get some Support, whether from the coach, your friends and family, etc…
- Build a Sport/Life balance: vary your interests, socialize and meet with friends, eat and rest properly, get appropriate support, have an open heart, take some time to pause and reflect etc…
So, how motivated are you?