Want to be a great fighter? How can you accomplish that goal? What is the foundation of accomplishments? MOTIVATION is the key here. To become the best fighter you can be, you must be motivated to do exactly what it takes to expand your ability and reach your goals.

So motivation? What is it and where do we get it? Motivation is a strong reason to accomplish something. Motivation in sports is crucial because that’s how you move forward. You need motivation; because there are always distracting factors that will try to stop you such as tiredness, boredom, pain and just pretty much anything else. Your motivation will take you to the next level. With this strong feeling called motivation guiding you, you can improve your sports performance by tackling physical conditioning, technical and tactical training, mental preparation and general habits such as sleep, diet, school or work and relationships. It is a lot to handle. Lets talk about 3 D’s and prime motivation.

Prime motivation means putting 100% of your time, effort, energy, and focus into the sport. It means doing everything possible to be the best fighter you can be. It also consists of 3 D’s. 

The first D stands for DIRECTION. There are 3 directions you can choose from:

  • stop doing it completely
  • continue as you are
  • aim to be the best

The second D is for DECISION. With the 3 choices of direction mentioned above, you must select one. This decision will determine how good of a fighter you will be and the amount of time and effort you dedicate to the sport.

The third D stands for DEDICATION. Once you’ve decided which direction to go, you must commit yourself to it.  Your dedication will make your goal to be the best, a priority and all your time and efforts will be put on achieving your goal. Only by being completely dedicated to your decision of your direction you will have the prime motivation.

How can you develop prime motivation? There will be times when you don’t feel like doing anything at all, this is where the effort comes in. This is the time to put your efforts into the sport. You need to focus on you long term goal. Try to think what you want to accomplish and why. Imagine the feeling of winning the fight, imagine the feeling of reaching your goals, the happiness and the proud feeling that you will have once you get there. This will inspire you and push you forward to your goal when you are feeling unmotivated.

If you have a quote or a picture that moves you, put it where you can see it on a daily basis. Feel the inspiration and emotions it evokes in you while you pass it by. Stay in that feeling and then continue working hard towards your goals.

Every day, you can ask yourself two questions. These two questions will remind you daily of what your goals are and will challenge you to be motivated to become your best.

  • “What can I do today to become the best athlete I can be?”
  • “Did I do everything possible today to become the best athlete I can be?”

Let’s be real, it’s difficult to be highly motivated all of the time on your own. That is why it is good to surround yourself with people that are having the same goal as you are. The like-minded people will help to inspire you through the difficult days. Training buddy for example, will help you with getting out of the bed and going for that jog, going to the gym and getting through those drills. Once you have someone pushing you to reach your goal you will notice that you work much harder. That someone can be a coach, personal trainer, your friend, your spouse or even a parent.

Finally, motivation must ultimately come from within. You must simply want to participate in your sport, no one can force you to be the best. You just have to want it really bad. You have to love it and everything about it.

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