August 2017 – Word of the Month
31 Jul 2017
“A CHAMPION NEEDS A MOTIVATION ABOVE AND BEYOND WINNING.” – Pat Riley –
MOTIVATION IS DEFINED AS THE REASON OR REASONS ONE HAS FOR ACTING OR
BEHAVING IN A PARTICULAR WAY.
What is motivation? Motivation is an inner drive that inspires people to take actions. Motivation is something that keeps us working hard and helps us to complete our TASKS and reach our GOALS. Motivation describes why people do things when they are trying to accomplish tasks and goals in their life. For example, you may say that someone is so motivated to get their BLACK BELT that they spend every night at home PRACTICING and attend PRIVATE LESSONS every week, or a student that wants to get into a good college spends all of their free time in study hall in order to get GOOD GRADES. Motivation comes within a person and cannot come from anywhere else. You have to learn what drives you and keeps you motivated so that you keep on track with achieving all of your goals in life whether it be at home, at school or in martial arts.
“YOU’RE NOT OBLIGATED TO WIN. YOU’RE OBLIGATED TO KEEP TRYING. TO DO THE BEST YOU CAN DO EVERY DAY.” – JASON MRAZ –
MOTIVATION COMES FROM LOOKING AT WHAT YOU WANT AND THEN REALIZING WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THERE.
There are several different components to motivation which include ACTIVATION, PERSISTENCE and INTENSITY. Activation is your decision to start a new behavior, such as enrolling in martial arts classes to pursue your black belt, get physically fit or learn self-defense. Persistence is when you decide to always put effort in to working towards your goals even if obstacles get in your way. This would be like taking multiple martial arts classes or adding private lessons to your schedule in order to earn your next rank belt. Even if you run into struggles like time management or injuries, you will not give up until you reach that next rank. Intensity is how concentrated you are on reaching your goals. When you stay concentrated on your goals, your work and dedication will show through. You may notice other students just kind of glide through classes and do not take things seriously because they are not focused and intense about martial arts and their goals. Staying motivated involves using these key actions.
“IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.” – WALT DISNEY –
MOTIVATION CAN COME FROM THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF AN INDIVIDUAL.
Why do we do the things we do? What is it that makes us act the way we do? Motivation! There are two types of motivation known as EXTRINSIC motivation and INTRINSIC motivation. Extrinsic motivation is what motivates us to do activities or act a certain way to earn a reward or avoid some kind of punishment. Some examples are studying so that you can get good grades, cleaning your room so that you do not get grounded by your parents, participating in individual sports so you can earn trophies and medals or competing in a school contest so that you can win money for college. Each of these examples shows that behavior is motivated by a reward or avoiding a negative result. Intrinsic motivation is acting a certain way because you really enjoy it and find it rewarding and fulfilling. Some examples are participating in the sport you like because you find it enjoyable, such as martial arts, playing difficult board games with your friends because you like the excitement and how it stimulates your brain, or reading a book because its calming, relaxing, and you enjoy learning new information or letting your mind drift into a fairy tale.
“EXCELLENCE IS THE GRADUAL RESULT OF ALWAYS STRIVING TO DO BETTER.” – PAT RILEY –
Keeping your motivation in MARTIAL ARTS is an important part of MASTERING your SKILLS in the SPORT both PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY. You have to commit to regular practices and give yourself plenty of time to master your skills. Here are three ways to work toward your black belt and keep your motivation high.
- SET GOALS. Whether your goal is to become physically fit or climb the belt ranks, you must set both short and long-term goals.
- PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITION. When you sign up for a competition, you make a commitment. You never want to show up unprepared, so knowing you have to compete will keep you motivated.
- CREATE A ROUTINE. One of the easiest ways to stay motivated is to keep a regular schedule. When you are on a regular routine, it’s natural to follow it and work toward your goal.