Purpose

When I read a quote stating, “Ask yourself…Do you know your purpose?” It really got me thinking about how similar that is to writing. Everything that you do has to have a purpose. If there is no purpose then there is no reasoning and logic behind your actions. Just as I have to have an audience and a response that I would like that audience to act on when writing my blog posts. You’re purpose has to also be known, and recognized. It cannot be something that you waiver on, nor can it alter from day to day.

This quote in a way symbolizes the drive behind your motivation itself. Motivation is the idea of having drive, but purpose is the initial step. A athletes purpose could be that along the lines of improvement, self-image (referring to body, etc.), or also just being healthy in general. Propose formulates your drive, and drive is what creates the motivation. Purpose and motivation go hand and hand, not only in a sports environment, but a academic and even every day basis as well.

Finals Week~Motivation

I know that this blog is supposed to be about motivation pertaining to athletes and sports, but, I think that it is appropriate to discuss the motivational and focused mindset that is necessary to have throughout finals week and the weeks before. If you are not motivated to succeed, you will simply…not succeed. There has to be the ability to see how a single class can affect your future, and realize that finals are a huge deal. That in itself should be motivation enough–the future–but if it isn’t then qualifying for grad school, passing classes in general, and being eligible for sports and other courses should be.

Now I will focus more so on how this relates more to athletes, since after all they are my audience. Finals take a lot of time and focus, but so do college sports. Therefore, prioritizing and creating a balanced schedule is key to passing finals. I know I personally play a winter sport and having practice and finals every day next week is going to be dreadful. Yet, I have to keep my head up, stay motivated, and believe that that will ultimately not make a difference in the outcome of my finals. I think that this would work best by having the dedication to making a laid out plan. Personally, I think it is best to write down what you need to get done each day. This not only allows you to stress less and see a laid out plan, but it makes you work until everything you have written down is done. At least that’s how I see it, you should be able to withstand the motivational mindset to finish all that you have planned to do, not matter the circumstances. I hope that this philosophy of mine may help some of you, and ultimately motivate you to get done what you need to this weekend and the coming week!!

Happy finals week ladies and gents.

Extrinsic Motivation Is Greater Among College Athletes Than Intrinsic Motivation: Part II

Humans will do anything to move themselves forward before others around them. “Organisms were perceived to be motivated to behave in ways that replenish biological deficits and secure survival. Because behavior that aims to satisfy a physiological deficit is done in order to achieve a goal and not for its own sake, it represents a type of extrinsic motivation.” This is definitely a flaw of the human race. Self and not others. This is what studies show and also something that has been quite obvious to all of us for a long time. “Behaviorist psychologists argued that human (and animal) behavior can be explained by the various rewards and punishments in the environment. Thus, from a behaviorist perspective, all motivation is extrinsic.” Extrinsic motivation is inevitable not only in sports but also in the classroom, work, and every day life. It is basically in our nature as humans and that was made clear in the quotes above.

What are your thoughts on the difference in extrinsic and intrinsic motivation?

 

Extrinsic Motivation is Greater Among College Athletes Than Intrinsic Motivation: Part I

Not only through research has it been found that extrinsic motivation is commonly greater than intrinsic motivation, but this is something that I, myself has also noticed. Intrinsic motivation is the “internal desire to perform a particular task.” With intrinsic motivation, people play sports because it gives them pleasure, helps them develop skills they desire, or they believe it’s the morally correct thing to do for themselves and others. The contrary, extrinsic motivation, is when external factors to the individual and not directly related to the task they are performing. Examples of this would be prizes, money, rewards, medals, etc. In my opinion, extrinsic motivation reflects a more stubborn and unwilling attitude, whereas intrinsic motivation reflects a willing and eager mind set. This topic is relevant to college sports and athletes considering all the modifications that come along with the title. There must be motivation in order to want to play, and that motivation is simply either intrinsic or extrinsic.

From my view point, I think that how much people work outside of scheduled practices shows intrinsic motivation. Also things such as leadership, and never complaining show this as well. But, overall, athletes are driven by things such as simply maintaining a scholarship, getting to bigger schools, and winning medals or other personal awards. Yes, an athlete can be driven to win a championship and have intrinsic motivation, but when their focus is on self rewards ( what I see the majority of the time) that is extrinsic motivation at it’s finest. With that said, those are the reasons why I personally believe that extrinsic motivation is more widely common than intrinsic among college athletes.

I think that many people would retaliate my personal beliefs by saying that no one would play a college sport and have so many commitments, and time consumption that comes with it if they weren’t self motivated to do so. Yet, many families these days push kids to limits so they get athletic scholarships so that college is paid for. I have seen this first hand multiple times. And yes, most student athletes are those who have a love for the game, but also most of them just like to be admired and look for self-empowerment from those who “idol” them. This is NOT intrinsic motivation because the motivation comes from an outside source, and not from within the individual themselves.

Part 2 is to come later in the week. This second half will deal with the research half of the argument.

What EXACTLY is “Motivation”?

Definition:

“Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge.

It involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that activate behavior. In everyday usage, the term motivation is frequently used to describe why a person does something.”

I thought that this was something hat needed to be clarified. What the every day definition of motivation truly is. I know it is something simple, but I feel like reading a definition word for word not only gets the mind going and on topic, but also gives a clearer image of the true goal.

Who agrees, disagrees, or is indifferent about this definition? And why?

Punishment

Today at practice I came to a realization.

Practice started casual, and much later than normal. 1 pm rather than 7 am or earlier in most cases. Everyone was awake and lively, and before warm up the team actually participated in a fun game of knock out. After this was over our coach gathered us to the center, which had always been a post practice routine, not pre. He continued to speak and brought up grades. He announced how he recently received a grade report and was “very disappointed and embarrassed.” We all looked at him in astonishment considering that this was not him, he didn’t get angry at a lot, and we had not seen him pissed more than twice since the beginning of the school year. He proceeded to tell us that our grades are horrid and have dropped recently, and that we were going to run until he was pleased. Everyone’s faces were those of utter shock, and he told the team to “get on the baseline,” which is a athletes worst enemy.

He had the team run 2 sprints then had them stop, he walked to the middle of the floor and says, “Oh I’m just kidding everyone get over here!” With a huge smile on his face. Laughing! Everyone gave a huge sigh of relief and he said it was a joke and that after shooting 120 free throws each, he was buying us all movie tickets to the film of our choice. From now on practice was focused yet fun, then we all went to the movies together.

From this I realized something, I realized that behind a lot of motivation sits the threat of punishment. Running, for example. Athletes that play team sports are motivated to excel in drills so they don’t have to do more running after. Or they are motivated to be successful so they are rewarded rather than punished. Winning is obviously the greatest reward of them all, and losing the ultimate punishment. Punishment is a strong motivator, that is without a doubt. No one likes disappointment and that is also definitely considered a punishment. Punishments can be so far and wide depending on a person or a sport, therefore it is the ultimate factor behind motivation. This is something so simple, yet so powerful.

This was what I learned and realized from practice today. I am honored not only to be apart of a team, but being apart of a sport that allows me to learn something new day in and day out. Stay motivated my friends.

Coaches Part II

As I said, I am posting the second part of the coaching styles blog. The second style I believe in is the laid back and approach the game with a less intense approach. Like I mentioned before, personally I would without a doubt prefer a coach that its intense, I think that that gives players more motivation. Not only because there is always someone in their head (considering the intense coach always yells). But, also because when those types of coaches commonly tend to piss people off, players are always motivated to prove people wrong. Anyone and everyone likes to prove someone wrong when they get the opportunity.

Also, these coaches tend to be the ones that have less knowledge for the game. They haven’t has as much experience ON the court, therefore they have not truly stepped foot in the player’s position. When a coach can relate with their players, everything becomes easier, and there reasoning makes more sense. And also from experience it rubs off on players and makes them less enthused about the game. Another personal observation is that coaches that haven’t played don’t scout as much, or at least take things apart as much. Like as in a scouting report, therefore playing opponents is less tactical and comes down to stress and logic on the players behalf.

People are always upset at the moment they haven’t to actually deal with the coach that is intense, but the second you get a coach that is not as passionate, you realize what you had. You aren’t pushed as much, and all aspects of the game diminish in passion. Intense coaches are better in the long run, and are those who truly make their players better.

Coaches

When evaluating coaching styles, a lot comes into play. I decided that analyzing the way coaches tend to coach and how these styles impact teams either positively or negatively. It is not really a question that all kids, at some point, play an organized sport. Whether a single year in kindergarten or kindergarten through elite levels in college and beyond. Either way these teams have all consisted of coaches, and kids see an array of different coaches.

I would say that there are two dominating coaching styles/ categories. Today, I will discuss the first style I believe in, which is intense and stricter coaches. Tomorrow I will discuss the second dominant coaching style in comparison; more laid back and mellow.

With that said, the intense coaches are not always looked upon as a good thing, especially at a young age. Parents get offended, not only they themselves but for their kids too. The kids also get offended and sometimes have difficulties separating advice and tone. Taking the message is more important than the tone it’s delivered in. And this is without a doubt something that must be kept in mind when dealing with any coach. Over the years that I have played basketball, I have experienced both of the coaching types I mentioned above.  Usually it seems to be true that those who yell are just portraying their deep passion for the game. And more times than not, they know more about the game, hence the reason why they are so passionate. These coaches are the ones that have played and are trying to get to close to being back on the court or field as they can. Now and then the coach is simply rude, but most of the time is seems to be a way of expressing their love for the game. And what a coach loves the game, that gives him more credibility in the sense that he is there to better his players.

Those coaches who yell also give less leeway on things such as nutrition, and commonly have higher intense practices with more running. WHich, both are very crucial as an athlete, and necessary to compete at an elite level. This type of coach also creates a relationship with his players where they respect their coach, and know what they can and cannot do. There are lines to be crossed when you have this type of coach, and discipline is the coaches best friend.

Part 2 will come tomorrow. Have a lovely break fellow scholars!

Picture Perfect

So many people worry about their image these days. Whether you be an athlete or not, people stress every day about if they’re appealing to the opposite sex, or if they make the same sex envy them. The truth is that as long as you’re happy then what others think shouldn’t matter. This relates to the idea of motivation because in a way people connect being extremely fit to sports motivation. You see pictures and videos of people who are buff, fit, and have “perfect bodies”. But, in all reality you can still be in great shape and be healthy without looking like a body builder or a super model. Therefore, what I am trying to get at with this is that by telling everyone to stay motivated, I am also telling everyone to be happy and not stress about their body image. Unless your dreams and goals are to have that “perfect body” and be a super model or a body builder, then other than that, there is no use in stressing over something along these lines. Ultimately, happiness is the true goal in life, so do what you have to do to obtain it. Don’t let others and societies image determine who you will become and want to become.

Unstoppable

Watch this great Unstoppable-Motivational Video!

This is the video I promised and I think it without a doubt lives up to the task of motivating people. As a matter of fact I went to the gym after posting this. I hope everyone enjoys and watches the entire video, it is well worth it. The music, the content, and the editing is phenomenal. I also think this was appropriate personally considering we have our season opener tomorrow.

Hope everyone loves this as much as me. Stay motivated.