Motivation in Sport
Written by Dave Gannaway
There are two ways to approach motivation in sport, the easy way or the hard way. The only true way forward is the former, the easy route. When things are difficult there is resistance and the slightest sign of resistance to motivation spells failure in competitive sport.
Peak performance in sport demands that elusive edge to lift the athlete or sportsman into the winning circle. The difference of a mere hundredth of a second can determine a winner from an “also ran”— from fame or obscurity!
Motivation demands that a devotion to the goal of succeeding at all cost is the prerequisite of a winner. Any resistance is fatal and should not even be contemplated.
The “juice” of high motivation in sport is the secret winning factor that all sportsmen and women seek. They are often addicted to it and if it wanes in the slightest, they must refocus as quickly as possible. Some sportsmen I know tell me that if their motivation slips even just a little, they feel vulnerable and at risk.
Without motivation sportspeople cannot tune in to the many subconscious resources available to them. Their natural inner talents and abilities do not get utilized and their personal commitments are not fully fulfilled. It is that inner motivation that brings out those natural desires and the fire to stretch and grow.
Each athlete has his/her own personal goals and methods of applying motivation in sport or general fitness. It may be for the achievement of winning or just the delight of being fit and trim. It may also be simply to be attractive and to be noticed.
Being motivated to be fit and attractive for its own sake is a worthy goal in its own right. It still requires a high degree of self-determination and discipline to persist in the physical work. Many of the articles published here on True-Motivation.com are focused on just that – the many ideas and techniques to maintain motivation and achieve the results you are striving for.
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