What really motivators us to perform at our peak performance and reach our goals ?
I am writing this post from the athlete in me, as I believe this is relevant for today’s post.
The motivations to reach my goals, as I went from an academic, non-sporty type to a sponsored athlete in a sport I absolutely love have underlying principles that are relevant to all human potential.
The ides behind my motivation to become my personal best will be transferable to assist you in getting motivated and staying motivated to you reach your peak potential in any area of life whether that is sport, career, family, finances or health and so I believe it fits quite nicely.
Firstly: Talent Is Nothing -
Talent does helps, but a talented individual without the motivation and drive will always come second to a person with zero talent and the motivation to win. When I was at school I was not a typical ‘sporty’ teenager, I think at best I came 4th in cross country running race at school level.. Woo !!! I went from this, to now being a sponsored X-Country Mountain Bike Rider and training for an Ironman. So what motivated me enough to go from zero to hero ??
Firstly, lack of talent can never be an excuse for not reaching your true potential. With the right motivation, talent can be learned, taught, practise and mastered. I wasn’t a cyclists until a few years ago and I won the first ever race I entered, after buying a ‘real’ bike a few weeks earlier, wearing cheap black tights and a $5 t-shirt against riders in the full lycra gear on bikes worth more then $10,000. It simply took motivation. But what motivated me to do this:
1. Belief In Self -
By far the most valuable motivation is any goal I achieve, is belief in myself. One tool that works really well for me is not listening to anyone or anything else. I stay away from anything that may turn my belief into disbelief. In racing that means I don’t look at the line-up of competitors, I don’t look at last year results, if its a lap race I won’t look at the placings/lap times until the end and I don’t even look at the course (even though this works for some athletes). I am completely focused on me and my race and doing the BEST I CAN !!!
“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” - Brad Henry
2. Visualising Success -
As I rode the course all I was imagining riding in the world champions. I had perfect visions of riding in a eurpean country with snow capped montains behind me, the sun shining through the pines and my bike free flowing through the course as my legs pushed the hardest they could.
3. Desire to Want It -
You must want the end result, whether it be the body your looking for, the money, health, happiness, reward or adventure. Whatever it is, you must really want it and know why you want it. These will keep you focused when your motivation drops.
4. An Infectious Excitement -
Have so much excitement and passion to reach your goals that it shines out of you in every way possible. I want people to be swept up in your excitement that they get so excited each time you get closer to your goal. These people will be also be fantastic support to keep you going through the tough times.
5. Time & Practise -
Nothing comes to you for doing nothing. The more time and effort you put into achieving your goal the faster you’ll reach it. I train when its blowing a gale, there is side ways rain, it is freezing and you are barely moving against the wind. I treasure these sessions and see them as true builders of mind strength and endurance. No one else is out training and this also means its one extra session I have on everyone else.
6. Perseverance -
Don’t give up EVER!! If its want you want, keep trying, no matter how many times you ‘fail’. Each failure is a step closer to the end goal. One step closer to what you have been visualising and dreaming about, your ultimate goal !!
Closing Thought – If you strive towards a goal for long enough you’ll almost always achieve it.