Whether you’re a white belt looking to win his first tournament or a seasoned fighter looking to snatch that belt, the little things you do everyday are whats going to make or break you.
The question is, what is going to motivate you, keep you on track and get you out of bed when times get tough?
Training is tough, period.
That’s the reality of combat sports like wrestling, jiu jitsu, mma and boxing.
You’re gonna be tired, sore, banged up, discouraged, frustrated, disappointed and broken at one point in your journey.
How you react to these adversities will determine how far you go in your sport.
People always talk about being mentally tough, but having the mental strength to wake up everyday, stay consistent, listen to your coaches, prep your meals and to do the little things consistently is where most people struggle.
So, how do we stay motivated to improve every week?
Some people are motivated by getting their hand raised, winning the belt, taking home gold and making their family/coaches proud. They truly thrive off the attention and accolades that come with making progress, achieving and winning.
- The respect of your teammates and coaches
- The trophies, medals and belts on your wall
- Self satisfaction
- Providing for your family
Some athletes perform best when their back is up against the wall and they are more negatively motivated. Maybe they want to prove people wrong, need to dig out of a hole or have no choice but to make things happen. The thought of losing can be a tremendous motivator for some people.
- Remembering the pain of a loss
- Overcoming debt, bills or lifestyle
- Current struggles
- Or similar.
Whether its positive or negative, whatever is going to motivate you to get out of bed and keep you focused is something that you need to discover, address and keep at the front of your mind.
These days its way to easy to get distracted or comfortable, so we have to protect ourselves if we expect to stay on track.
Family, friends, parties, bad habits, and other things can easily throw us off course.
Struggling after a tough loss has derailed some athletes for months.
Others win and get complacent.
What motivates you the most?
In order to find your path, you’ve got to take some time to understand why you are training.
- What are you chasing? Running away from?
- What should your weeks look like?
- When do you train?
- Are you training enough or too much?
- When do you work?
- When are you going to relax?
- Are you getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night?
- How are your eating habits?
- Do you drink half your bodyweight in ounces everyday?
- What habits are throwing you off course?
- How can you improve this week?
- What really motivates you to get up and grind everyday?
- Who’s holding you accountable?
Taking the time to assess your current situation and then planning a course toward your goals (or out of your current challenge) is essential, if you want to make progress, continually improve and hold yourself accountable as time passes. Take some time to discuss some of these topics with your coaches, training partners, family, etc. Addressing some of these things can help streamline your training, clarify expectations and get the people closest to you, on the same page.
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