I’ve had so many people asking about how to stay motivated, and I recently worked with the Japanese National Rugby Team in Tokyo on this very topic for their entry in the 2020 Olympics, so this is the perfect time to share my thoughts on the subject.
The challenge of how to stay motivated for sports is equally relevant for professional athletes as it is for those simply working on personal development. Even for top athletes, it’s sometimes difficult to get out of bed in the morning, not to mention finding the motivation for hard training. It comes down to the fact that real success in sports doesn’t happen by coincidence or random circumstances—success is the law of your will.
Finding constant motivation to compete in sports is even more difficult than the training process itself. While talent and skill can get you decent results, to make great achievements in sports requires character, temperament, and willpower. There’s not a single elite athlete who could reach their sporting achievements without perseverance and sheer willpower. You have to replace the phrase “I want” with “I must.”
It doesn’t matter whether you’re striving for Olympic Gold or simply trying to lose weight, to achieve the results you want, you have to break out of your comfort zone. Without pushing your own boundaries, you won’t succeed. The harsh reality is that it requires self-improvement and self-discipline to reach your goals, and there’s no place for excuses.
Always remember one golden rule at any level, whether professional athlete or reaching for personal goals; you need to need to make sacrifices when it comes to free time. Unfortunately, it’s not easy, but doing so will help develop iron willpower and prove that you’re capable of more than you thought.
Before you can defeat anyone else, you need to defeat yourself first. Skipping even one workout is like taking two steps back from achieving your goal.