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Things to Consider while Motivating an Athlete

Motivation is very important to start up with any athletic career. Motivation comes from your family members, past disappointments, or even previous successes. Some get motivated by movies based on real lives.  An example would be boxing think the Rocky series.  There are three categories where motivation falls.  These are incentives, fear or through purpose. Fear can quickly motivate people but over time, it can lead to disloyalty, athletes who are motivated by fear are not so much trying to achieve as they are trying to avoid something like making a mistake or losing a position. Motivation through incentives attract them more.  An example would be prize money, trophies and certificates, etc but it stays for less time because then there comes the point where they want more and bigger incentives as well.


The most effective one is the purpose of motivation it changes the way an athlete thinks about their roles and their point of coming to practice.  This give them a lot of motivation. There are certain points to be considered which help in motivating an athlete in a better way and some of them are as follows:

  1. Realizing that different people have different motivation styles

Every person is different from another; some are motivated by challenges, some by appreciation, some through recognition and few by quality. Every athlete takes it differently you can figure this out through discussion. If one likes to be challenged then challenge a teammate against him or her to compete against each other.  Show appreciation with positive feedback and both athletes should get better from it.

  1. Giving your athletes an incentive

Take the time to develop caring, honest, trusting and a genuine relationship with your players’.  In this case athletes will work harder and longer in respect of that person who cares and genuinely believes in them.  In this situation, the athlete will be willing to work harder to reach the goal of either the team or the goal they’ve set out for themselves.

  1. Modeling yourself first

First of all, it’s important to lead by example.  Athletes follow what they see.  If you want someone to work hard, you better be working hard for them.  If you want to see someone putting the extra effort you better put extra effort toward them. You should be a role model for your athletes whose footsteps they should follow.

  1. Knowing your athletes better

Check with your athletes to know that what you are communicating to them is understood, their needs and their wants.  Sit and talk to them about how things can be improved.  Get to know what’s inside them and be willing to incorporate it at some point.  The bond between an athlete and a coach is critical to the success of everyone involved.

  1. Keeping athletes updated about the circumstances

No one is motivated to start a task if it’s not clear about these specific terms; when, where, how and why.  Think about any questions that your athletes might ask, so you can be clear with them in order to not to get any confusion and set the right expectations.  Be clear about when, where and how but most importantly be sure that your athletes know ‘why’ they are being asked to do what you want them to do.

 

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Five Ways to Motivate Yourself to Become a Successful Athlete

Five Ways to Motivate Yourself to become a Successful Athlete

An athlete needs tremendous amounts of motivation not only at the start of his career but before and after every match. As an athlete, you need reassurance that you can do it. You also need appreciation and criticism to improve your performance with every other step taken.


It is easy to motivate others as compared to motivating yourself but the real motivation comes from within. A player needs inner motivation several times before and during the game. Before taking your position, every time you fall and every time you make a wrong decision you need to encourage yourself to move on because definitely the coach cannot  be with you all the time. So, you need to build up the courage and motivation inside your minds throughout the game and your career because self-motivation never needs to stop. Here are five useful ways to motivate you to aim and achieve higher:

  1. Believe in Yourself

For every person whether he is an athlete or not, there is dire need of self confidence. If you do not believe in yourself you can never get off a couch and start practicing even. Even if you are on the verge of starting a new career or you have spent successful years in the game without self motivation then you have to start doing it today. Never blame others for a loss or defeat rather take the responsibility of your mistakes and let them be your guiding principles as they would motivate you to believe in yourself to overcome such mistakes in future.

  1. Working Hard

Hard work is a motivation in itself because every time you emerge victoriously you get motivated to perform even better. When you work too hard for something you never get bored or disinterested from it and the adrenalin that rushes throughout your body due to the efforts you have put in revitalizes and refreshes not only you but also your self-motivation levels.

  1. Setting up Realistic Goals

You need to be realistic enough to assess your strengths and weaknesses. This assessment helps you set goals that you can achieve easily with some effort and good spirit. However, these achievements help restore the good spirit in you that motivates you to perform better and never give up. If you aim too high to be able to achieve it you are more likely to feel discouraged and lose interest.

  1. Looking Beyond Failure

It is important to know that failure is part of life and it should never demotivate you as failure is not a permanent phase rather it is a step towards success. One need to be persistent and that persistence helps you motivate yourself at every step you take that, yes you can do it. Thus, a player never has to feel disheartened by a loss rather look at its causes and try to improve.

  1. Having a Role Model

When you need self-assurance that you can do it then it is helpful if you look for a role model who can help you make your decisions easily. This is motivational because every time you are stuck you can just think and decide what your idol would do at this very juncture.

Whether your a coach or an athlete to be successful you have to find ways to motivate either yourself or the athlete your coaching.  As long as you work toward getting better from every failure and every win then success will eventually find you!

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Why Coaches Have to be The Motivators for Athletes?

Why athletes rely on their coaches to be their principle motivators and how coaches can be better motivators for the athletes on the field.


A life of an athlete is not a miraculous one. They have to face tough competition and hard training almost every day to perform. Whether it is an individual sport or a team sport, just grueling away every day, working out, practicing, developing strategies, memorizing plays and to maintain their pace every time. It’s tough and it can break the best of people. The problem is, when we look at athletes, we look at their physical perfection and their physical performance. Anyone on the outside rarely thinks about the emotional and psychological pressure that these athletes face every day.

No one outside the dressing room could even begin to comprehend the struggle that each athlete goes through. In that struggle, there is a major probability that they will have a lack of faith, lose their confidence which results in lack of motivation. Motivation is a beautiful thing. It ca be derived out of simplest of things and yet it can do wonders for a person’s ambition and determination. It is much more important in the books of athleticism. The preacher and the teachers of that book are the coaches.

You Are A Coach

The coach plays a crucial part is the lives of an athlete. A coach is that stable figure amid the chaos that can give an athlete the support that he so much requires to be motivated and perform at their best. The coach is not only telling them the strategies or the game plan; a robotic instructor could do that. A coach tells you how to play the game, how to win it because he is the person that knows everybody out in that field or ring or arena and he has lived through that routine of an athlete with him so it is natural that an athlete looks up to him as the guidance provider, the mentor and the motivator to give him the right direction. This is where the coach has to bring forth his/her A game forward and motivate his/her athlete/s to perform the best.

Motivate Your Athlete as A Person – You know where each and every player comes from. If you are a good coach you will see them as individuals, you will know their back story, where they come from, why they want to play, why they want to be an athlete. You are the one who has to listen because knowing them will help you motivate in their time of need. When they are down, you can remind that athlete why he is playing. Motivate him/her with the things that made him/her play in the first place and remind him/her why he/she cannot give up.

Bring the Right Attitude – As a coach, you are a neutral assessor of each and everyone of your athlete. You know which one of them is good and you know which one is standard. You know who needs some serious hard time and who needs appreciation but you do not get biased. All of them are equal for you. You give all of them your appreciation, you motivate them all together, you appreciate them all together. You do not get to pick sides because you are on everyone’s side and this is how you motivate every one of them to perform.

Make a Team – if you have a team that is playing for you, they are looking up to you to guide them. You do not let any single athlete on your team down. You build a team – a cohesive unit. A unit that lives, breathes and plays as one. That is your job to motivate them to play for each other, to play as one and single entity so not one athlete could step out of line because you instill in them that motivation that they are one body and they rise as one body and they fall as one body and you are the head of that body.

As a coach, you have the toughest job. You’re not playing yet you are. You are not killing yourself on the field and yet you are and you are not living an athlete’s life yet you are and that is why you are an athlete’s counterpart. You are the brightness and the positive in their life that could get them out of the darkness and insecurities.

Be the BEST coach, mentor, teacher and motivator you can be!!

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