Working with children and young men in the field of sports means sometimes meeting people who are highly motivated and meeting others who aren’t. Today I want to touch on staying motivated, not just as a football player but as a person in general. But football still proves a good metaphor for understanding how great the future can be if only someone can stay motivated for long enough. Overall, I want to answer two questions: (1) why is staying motivated important and (2) what can you do to stay motivated?
Question One: Why is Staying Motivated Important?
Let’s compare two people to answer this question. The first person is a football player who never practices much because they’re not motivated and the second person is a football player who practices multiple times a week because they’re full of motivation. What do you expect each of their results will look like out on the football field? I expect that the person who is motivated and practices will perform much better than the person who stays at home and doesn’t practice. This is a metaphor for life in general, proving why it’s important to be motivated. People who go out and follow their dreams succeed in life and have more to enjoy from their efforts than someone who doesn’t, and this goes for everything. So if you want to reach wealth, buy the house and car of your desire, then it’s important to use motivation to your advantage, otherwise you’ll perform poorly like the football player who never practiced before the game.
Question Two: What Can You Do To Stay Motivated?
For many of the junior football players I’ve worked with, this tactic always seems to work for helping kids become more motivated. What you must do is imagine a future where you have worked hard for many years and compare it to a future where you have barely worked at all. This is similar to the results you get from practicing and not practicing for a football game. If you want to perform well in life, you must work hard. The trick is finding something you love enough to work hard when others feel like staying home. For me it’s coaching junior football, but for you it could be wanting to write the next great Canadian novel. Imagine a future where your dreams have come true, and this may be all you need to stay motivated. This works because as you begin to work towards your dream you also begin to grow faith in yourself. Having a big dream come true is very hard with a lack of motivation, and I know you can do it!
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