#170: Athlete Tip: How To Stay Motivated!

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Hey athletes! Let me start by asking you a question: How do you stay motivated on those days when you just don’t feel like it? We’ve all been there, right? Those days when the idea of going to practice or hitting the gym seems like an uphill battle. Well, I’ve got some tips and insights to help you stay on track and keep that motivation alive.

First things first, motivation is not a constant companion. It comes and goes like the wind. You can’t rely on it to get you going every day. If you wait for motivation to kick in, you might find yourself waiting forever. As an athlete, you’ll have days when you’re excited and pumped up, and other days when you’re not feeling it at all. That’s perfectly normal.

So, what can you do when motivation is in short supply? Well, here are some practical tips to help you push through those tough moments:

Action Leads to Motivation

Remember that motivation often comes after taking action, not before. It’s like a snowball effect – once you start, you’ll begin to feel more motivated. So, when you’re not feeling it, just show up and start. The act of doing will lead to motivation.

Remember Your Why

Take a moment to reflect on why you play your sport. What are your goals? Whether it’s the love of the game, the challenge, the camaraderie with teammates, or dreams of playing at the next level, reconnecting with your “why” can reignite your motivation.

Show Up Even on Off Days

As an athlete, you show up even when you don’t feel like it. That’s what sets you apart. Your commitment on the days you lack motivation can be a game-changer in your progress, both mentally and physically.

Have a Plan

A well-structured plan can make it easier to stay motivated. Be specific about your goals and workouts. Write them down and follow a set schedule. The less you have to think about it, the more likely you’ll stick to your plan.

The Five-Minute Rule

When it’s tough to get started, tell yourself you’ll only commit to five minutes. Set a timer and begin. You’ll often find that once you get going, it’s easier to keep going.

Take Breaks and Rest

If you’re feeling unmotivated for an extended period, it may be a sign of burnout. Regularly schedule breaks to recharge, both within your training and throughout the year. Burnout can happen, and it’s essential to prevent it.

Give What You Have

Not every day will be a 100% day. Check in with yourself and determine your energy level. Give what you have on that particular day. Whether it’s 100%, 75%, or 50%, it’s perfectly okay. The key is to show up and do your best, no matter how you’re feeling.

The Bottom Line

Motivation is not a constant state – and that’s okay! It’s natural for athletes to have high and low moments. The true measure of your dedication and character is how you show up when motivation is scarce. Stay disciplined, stick to your plan, and remember your “why.” You’ve got this! Keep pushing through, and you’ll see the results you’re working hard for.

I believe in you, and I know you can overcome those moments of low motivation. Until the next athlete tip episode, stay strong, and keep chasing your dreams!

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] Staying motivated as an athlete with mental performance coach. Discover tips for staying motivated as an athlete, including the “snapback routine” to stay in the present moment.

[01:37] Relying on motivation as an athlete. Discover why motivation is not a reliable factor for athletes, as it comes and goes.

[03:29] Staying motivated and committed to sports goals. Discover the importance of setting goals and showing up to practice even when motivation is lacking, as it separates athletes from their competition and helps them stay disciplined.

[05:18] Creating a workout plan and staying motivated. Learn how to plan ahead and set specific workout times to stay motivated.

[06:36] Maintaining motivation in athletics despite ebbs and flows. Discover the importance of not relying solely on motivation and recognizing it’s okay to not feel motivated all the time.

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