Cambridge gets fit: Motivation

You stand on the line, looking about you. The captain is calling the plan, but you can’t focus. The blood pounds about your ears as you start your run up. The disc goes up, and as a unit of seven you surge off the line towards the opposition, with the deafening cries of your team mates all about you. It’s sudden death, and it’s time for you to step up and make that play. The opposition get the disc moving, the reset handler catches the disc in a power position and your man makes his move deep. You both hurtle after the disc, the up call echoing across the field. He has the step on you; you know you need to produce something special. The disc curves in, and you make your move. You hurl yourself across behind the back of your man, fingers outstretched, and tip the disc out of bounds. The crowd goes wild; you calmly get up and go to your offensive position. Now it’s time to go win the game.

And then you snap out of the daydream.

I don’t know about you, but those sorts of day dreams are ones that I have regularly, usually when I haven’t played ultimate for a while, when a tournament is around the corner, or when I’ve just decided that this time, I’m gonna work really hard on my athletic development, and this time it is going to be different. That time frame usually lasts about two weeks.

I personally really struggle to stay motivated for long periods of time. I do enough to get by, but I know full well that it holds me back. It frustrates me, but I just don’t seem to be able to get past it. So I thought I would do a bit of research and share the wealth on how I aim to success over these 6 week weeks.

Motivation, simply defined, is the ability to initiate and persist at a task. To perform your best, you must want to begin the process of developing as an athlete and you must be willing to maintain your efforts until you have achieved your goals. Motivation in sports is so important because you must be willing to work hard in the face of fatigue, boredom, pain, and the desire to do other things.

Eventually, during this 6 week period, you will arrive at a point where it is no longer fun. I can in fact think of various moments you will have to overcome. That first session when the weather is disgusting. That first time you get home and you are really tired, or in a bad mood and just want to chill. After a few weeks, you will be at that stage where you think… Well it’s gone quite well, missing one day won’t hurt. That’s when you are at the stage where you have to make a decision- to grind or not to grind.

I am not here to tell you that you must grind through it and keep going, because this 6-week period isn’t about that. Some of you want to go all out, push yourself as hard as you can non-stop, and be the best you can be. Fantastic. However, others want to use this as a way of kick starting their season, or to have a go at trying a workout program, or just to do a bit of extra work. That’s equally great. I’m simply here to try and help you to stay motivated the whole time and meet your goals (more on goals shortly.)

You can think about your motivations in regard to the 3 D’s. Firstly, you need to think about the direction you want to go. Do you want to get to the top of the game nationally? Are you happy with just carrying on at your current rate? Are you at that stage where you are happy with where you have got to, and no longer wish to push yourself? Any of these are possible, it depends entirely on you. You then need to make a decision, the second D. If you are doing CgF, it’s likely you have decided you really want to push yourself. Having made your decision, it’s now time for the 3rd D, dedication. If you made the decision to be the best you can be, now is the time to dedicate yourself to it.

 

So now we come to setting goals. It is important that these are manageable, rather than broad. Keep them focused and you will feel like you are achieving something. Tell people how you are going, keep them updated (we have the workoutlogthing and facebook group for that). Reward yourself when you reach your mini goals. Visualise the end result in those times of doubt. To get you started, here is my own personal approach:

Goals:

– To do some form of proper workout (such as training, gym, conditioning or playing) at least 30 of the 42 days over the 6 week period.

– To restrict myself to an unhealthy snack only twice in a week.

Method:

– Follow Melissa Witmer’s 6-week program.

– Log workouts in workoutlogthing

– Make sure I keep posting in the Facebook group and helping people discuss their workouts and how they get on.

Summary

  • Being motivated will see you persist in reaching your goals.
  • In order to achieve these goals, you need to break them down into smaller, more manageable and focused goals. Make sure you share them. If it helps, I am more than happy for you to email me, telling me your goals, and keep me up to date with them.
  • Complete your workoutlogthing and post on the facebook group; a united effort will see far greater success.

 

I really hope that you are successful over the course of these 6 weeks in meeting your goals. Whatever motivates you, be it inspirational videos, ultimate clips, group workouts, competition against others… do whatever you need to do to deliver on that promise to yourself.

I thought I’d just finish with a joke I heard recently.

 

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Second place.

Second place who?

Exactly.

 

Tull

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