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Can Motivation Be Coached Into An Athlete

Can Motivation Be Coached Into An Athlete

  1. Do you consider yourself to be a motivated person? 
  2. Do you think a coach or trainer can coach motivation into an athlete, or trainee? 
  3. What does it take to have motivation? 
  4. Why are some people motivated while others are not? 

Today I figured I would try to tackle an old topic of discussion revolving around motivation as it pertains to the mindset of training and life. My hope is that today you’ll have a different perspective about the concept of motivation after reading my point of view on the subject.


Let’s begin to tackle this by first defining motivation. Motivation is defined as the reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. It’s the desire or willingness of someone to do something.

So with that being clarified I will say right out of the gate that I don’t believe that you, me, or anybody can coach motivation into someone’s behavior. I believe that if you want to go after something then you and you alone must find that reason for justifying your behavior to chase whatever goal you’re pursuing.

I know what you’re thinking, but shouldn’t a coach be motivating? No, a coach can’t be motivating for you. That is a fallacy.

Inspiration vs. Motivation 

However, a coach can be inspiring to you. You see inspiration is something different. Inspiration is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. So by this standard a coach, or trainer can inspire you to feel a certain way, or to do something in that moment.

You see you can experience inspiration in a number of different ways. You may feel inspiration when you see an athlete make a game winning play. You may experience inspiration when you see the crowd stand up and cheer. It makes the hair on our neck stand up and it may get you excited.

This is all great, but the common denominator with all of these experiences is that they are temporary. You see if there is a problem with inspiration that is it. Inspiration is just temporary. It’s here today and gone tomorrow. It’s merely a flash in the pan.

On the other hand motivation is NOT temporary. You see motivation is ongoing. I communicate this concept to my students all the time. You see when you’re motivated you will work to pursue a goal by putting in early mornings, late evenings, and working through the weekends.

When you’re motivated you’ll have to turn down hanging out socially with friends and possibly isolate yourself to focus on whatever it is you are pursuing. Motivation must come from within! That is something that can’t be coached into anyone.

Motivation: The Takeaway

You see at the end of the day you’ve got to be responsible for finding out what drives you forward daily. You’ve got to find that reason to keep you motivated. One of the most effective means of maintaining motivation is through discipline. If you can develop discipline then you can reinforce your motivation.

What keeps you motivated in your training? 

What current goal are you motivated towards pursuing at the moment? 

Post up and share here in the comments below. 

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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