With the winter drawing in, cold, rainy days are on the horizon and will be sure to dent our motivation. Myself included. As I’m sure you all know, I attempt to play Rugby for Shottery RFC, my club training is on a Wednesday PM with matches played on Saturday afternoons. With all my Personal Training geared towards rugby performance. So a lot of big lifts and conditioning work so I can perform my best for the team.
The reason I have started of saying this is not for my ego. I have said this because I’m going to tell you how I stay motivated to turn up on a wet, cold miserably Wednesday PM or a Saturday afternoon.
It’s very easy to turn round and say I do it because I love it and have played this stupid sport since I was 7, dragging my parents around the country having different trails and games to see how far I could get (England College trails in case you wondered, got injured so had to pull out).
But my motivation comes from knowing my ‘why’. Your ‘why’ is so important. If you do not truly understand you’re why then it’s hard to keep your motivation high and keep moving forward.
Have a think now, Just quietly sit there and think to yourself why do I want this? It can be as simple as I want to be confident to sit at the beach in your swimming costume.
For myself, Its a case of a number of things such as:
- I hate losing. I’m by no means a sore loser. I will be one of the first to go shake my oppositions hand and congratulate them. But I do not like the feeling and falling short.
- I do not want to let my teammates down. I play with a great group of lads and they have become some good friends, so I do not want to let them down on game day.
- Feel good and confident in myself.
These are some of my own why’s when I’m low on motivation I tap into these to make myself turn up to my training sessions and my team’s training sessions.
In conclusion, know your ‘why’ and use this to spur you to make you turn up to your training sessions.