Staying motivated to do everything required to become a top player can be tough for everyone. I wrote this post while I had low motivation for training myself. But as I found out more recently, there are some ways to stabilise your motivation. First, so that we fully understand the problems we face. Let's look at some myths about motivation.
Motivation vs Inspiration
One might think these are one and the same, but inspiration is more intense and more fleeting. I’m sure we’ve all felt incredibly driven to train after watching a certain movie or reading a certain quote, but I’m also sure we’ve all felt that same drive wane within days, sometimes even hours. Most New Year’s resolutions while inspired, which is why they fail so often.
Motivation on the other hand, is more stable, long-lasting source of energy. If you’re constantly looking for new things to read or watch to help your drive to train, you’re being inspired, not motivated. Let’s find out how to stay motivated instead.
The Myth Of Laziness
Lots of people think they lack motivation because they are ‘lazy’, often believing it’s a permanent trait of themselves. This is a myth. Think of laziness as a learned habit which, like any other habit, can be unlearned.
To overcome the laziness habit, you simply have to tell yourself that today is the day for action. What is put off until tomorrow will just be extra work for then, which will mean you will want to do it even less because there will be more of it. This doesn’t mean you have to do everything today, but it will help you accomplish more manageable amounts of work each day.
Laziness can occur if there is little to no structure in your training regime, or you are in charged with deciding what training to do, instead of just having to do it. You can’t decide what you should focus on, so you end up doing nothing.
Another word of warning
“So what?” some might say, “I train at my best when a big tournament is close. The pressure of having limited time to train is what motivates me most.” These players have become addicted to the intense periods of training after months of neglecting it, almost like a drug. The problem with this approach is that such cramming can cause burnout and overestimation of the amount of improvement they can achieve by underestimating the amount of time it takes to master a new skill. If you’ve read this article, you’ll know that learning a new skill is easy, but it does take time. As a result, these players will be easily surpassed by those who work more steadily.
In the next part, we’ll look at how to make our motivation more stable and long-lasting. Stay tuned for that!