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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.