How To Fire Up Motivation For Athletes

I’m Craig Sigl, the mental toughness trainer. How do elite athletes find the motivation to work as hard as they do to be the best at their sport? Well, you need to DIG DEEPER and find the fire in your belly that drives you to be the first to show up, the last to leave, and the energy to inspire your team to greatness.

Some players tap into their anger when people tell them they don’t have what it takes.  The great one, Wayne Gretzky did that when he said…  “It’s kind of ironic when I broke in at 17, I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn’t make the NHL.”

How sweet would it feel to make those who said you did not have what it takes to look like fools?

Some players find motivation from a sense of pride.

Playing for your country’s national team is a perfect example.  You’re representing your whole country and they look to you to show the world that pride.  Doesn’t it get you excited thinking about running or skating around at the end of a game waving your flag to thousands of screaming fans chanting your country’s name after a win, hearing your country’s national anthem?

Other players will do anything to feel the thrill of triumph.  Famous hockey coach Kevin Constantine said about goalies:

“Goaltending is a suffering position. Your equipment protects you from injury, but not from pain, every time you go out there. And if you allow a goal, the red lights go on for everyone to see. But you get to be a hero too.” And that’s what makes it ALL WORTH IT!

There are countless stories of athletes who were highly motivated to become a professional so that they could repay their parents or family for all of the support that was given to them.  Can you tap into that motivation?

And let’s not forget the most obvious of motivations…money!  A college scholarship at some schools can be worth ¼ of a million dollars these days.  And yes, go ahead and dream of what it will be like to be signing that professional contract…imagine yourself living where you want to live and what you will do with all that money!

If you want it bad enough, you can achieve anything you want!

Tap into YOUR motivation and think about it every day to fuel you up to go for it with everything you’ve got.

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