Get Motivated! ... Daily in 2018

October 14
If you set a goal for yourself and achieve it, you have won your race! - Dave Scott
Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance or just finish the race - it's up to you. It's important to set goals for ourselves in all aspects of our lives. Goals are extremely valuable as they help us chart our growth and accomplishments on a regular basis. Goals are personal so we should be in complete control of setting them. We should be able to set goals that are appropriate and obtainable but are not too far out of reach. We should approach every workout and competition with a goal in mind. It will serve to motivate us and it will also help us keep track of our progress. I will set a goal for today's workout that is appropriately challenging and reasonably attainable!

October 13
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity!
- Darrell Royal
Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go right? Athletic ability is at a high, and you feel coordinated, strong, quick and effective. Whether you are competing or just doing your regular workout, it just seems effortless and enjoyable. It feels like your lucky day. Chances are, we all experience this athletic euphoria every once in a while. All of our hours of practice and preparation finally seem to pay off. We have worked on our skills and strategies and we are finally given a chance to let them show. It's a wonderfully satisfying feeling to put in a good performance and get good results.
Achievements will follow if I continue to practice hard and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves! 

October 12
To succeed you have to be focused and serious. You have to have attitude!
- Kent Steffes
To succeed at anything takes time, practice, and perseverance. Sports is no different. Hours of practice and no shortcuts. Some athletes are born with incredible gifts of coordination, strength, speed, stamina but they too work hard to maintain and improve in the never-ending quest to reach a peak. Priorities, desires and dreams are different for everyone and are what make us individuals. No aspiration is more important or valid than any other, as long as it is pursued with an all-out effort. We have to approach our goals with a tough-as-nails attitude if we really want to succeed.
My fitness goals are important to me and I will put in an all-out effort to reach them! 

October 11
Visualization is a great aid to achievement!
- Reggie Jackson
It allows us to test our abilities before they are challenged for real. It also allows us to plan our approach, decide what we'll do in different situations and reinforce the image and idea of performing at our best. Visualizing can apply to all aspects of our workouts. We can imagine how good we will feel to have the hard work behind us. Seeing something in our mind's eye will give us something to strive for. Our minds and our imaginations are very powerful allies in every workout, in every race, in every competition. Sometimes we have to see something in our minds before we can actually do it.
Today I will see it and I will do it! 

October 10
Concentration, Confidence, Competitive Urge, Capacity for Enjoyment!
- Arnold Palmer
These words of wisdom (the 4 C's) are transferable to all sports and to athletes of all levels. Concentration: It's the ability to focus on the task at hand without being distracted by irrelevant stimuli. The better we can do this , the better we can do our workouts. Confidence: The more comfortable we are with our skills and our ability to call on them as needed, the more confident we are. The more confidence we have, the more likely we are to be successful. Competitive Urge: This is a valuable trait that helps us grow and improve in skills and strategy. It's the desire to better ourselves at whatever we do. Capacity for Enjoyment: Perhaps most important of all, this should be every athlete's goal as they work out or compete. When an activity is fun, we're bound to do better and the better we do, the more we enjoy it. 
Today I'll look for all "4 C's" when I work out! 

October 9
The body loves variety ... it likes change! - Priscilla Welch
Most of us have always switched around our workout activities every once and a while. This sports rotation - cross-training - is very effective and everybody's doing it. No more do we need to feel the pressure of doing the same workout seven days a week. Now we're encouraged to pursue different interests for more well- rounded, total body fitness, to help prevent injuries, to alleviate boredom and to have more fun. The idea is combine sports or activities that work different parts of the body. It's time to add a little variety to the mix. It will put the energy and motivation back into your workout program. Variety is the spice of life so today I'll work out in a different way!

October 8
I have no regrets because I know I did my best!
- Midori Ito
Giving it your best shot is all that really counts. It doesn't matter if you are competing in a big race or just working out. If you give your all you will never be disappointed. You may wish the end result were different but if you ask yourself "Did I try my hardest?" and the answer is "Yes", then you have done all you can do. If you can say that you gave 100 percent effort, then no matter what the outcome, you can be proud of yourself. There is nothing worse than walking away from a workout or competition and wondering "what if?" You sell yourself short when you don't follow through and push yourself to your limit.
 If I don't give up or give in, I'll have no regrets because I have given my all! 

October 7
You play the way you practice!
- Pop Warner
There's a reason that your coach or instructor harped at you to practice, practice, practice. And there's an explanation why they got on you for "dogging it". The effort that we put forth in our workouts translates into our performance in a competitive situation. Regardless of our skill level, we can benefit from always trying to give 100 percent in practice. Whatever the competition, the workouts leading up to that day are best spent concentrating on honing skills and developing stamina. Even if our only opponents being ourselves or the clock - we'll still find value in workouts that are productive and effective. Every effort should be 100 percent effort.
Today's workout gets my full energy and attention! 

October 6
I play my best because I love what I'm doing!
- Wade Boggs
Even the pros play at their best when they enjoy what they are doing. When it's not fun anymore, it's time to quit. If we are not having fun, then we are going to give up. Remember that it isn't going to be fun every single minute. Workouts should be hard and challenging which is actually part of the fun. Think of how great it is to master a skill or achieve a goal that we've been working on for weeks. It's fun because it brings a smile to our face along with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment. No matter what our attitude, workouts and fun don't always seem to go together. Sometimes we turn our workouts into an inflexible, demanding regimen that doesn't allow us to enjoy ourselves. We may just need to smile, relax and keep on working. Today I will remember to have fun even when I am "working" out! 

October 5
There's always someone you can beat and someone who can beat you! - Harvey Penick
It doesn't matter how well you play, there will be someone who can beat you and it doesn't matter how bad you play, there will someone you can beat. Have you ever felt unbeatable, the best, at the top of your sport, only to be unexpectedly felled by a hungry competitor or even a challenging workout? Maybe you let your workouts slip a little or maybe you were distracted and not fully participating. There's nothing like an unexpected defeat to shake you up and get you back on track. Same can be said for a hard-earned victory. Sometimes it feels as if all the practice will never pay off until we finally have a big win. It gives us a big lift. We have made progress. We are improving. I'm not the best and I'm not the worst but I'm a good athlete who will continue to improve with hard work!

October 4
Great things happen when one is not calculating and thinking!
- D. T. Suzuki Zen Master
Peak athletic performance usually occurs when the mind is clear and still - a clean slate, at once taking in everything and nothing. We're not using the brain to figure out a tough situation at the office, nor is it over-thinking a personal issue. We simply allow it to enjoy the freedom of few intellectual demands and we benefit from the extra physical boost we seem to get by doing so. Struggling with a difficult problem may hinder athletic performance by taking up a lot of our energy. That's not to say that exercise time is not beneficial for figuring things out, it's just that working out with a clear mind gives us the potential to perform at a higher level.
Today I will allow myself to work out with a clear mind, not one clogged with problems to solve and issues to address! 

October 3
I've always got such high expectations for myself!
- Mary Decker Slaney
The demands we put on ourselves can break us down mentally and physically. Even if we are mentally tough, we may put ourselves at physical risk if we push ourselves beyond our endurance. It is one thing to dig into our guts to pull out a last minute rush; it is quite another to force ourselves to play when we are injured or unwell. Expectations can be tricky things. If we don't demand enough of ourselves, we will not perform well. If we demand too much of ourselves, we will not perform well either. Are the goals we set for ourselves realistic or are they clearly beyond our reach? Are we trying to attain a goal that realistically needs more time to complete? While it's important to reach for higher goals, you will never reach them if you try to do too much too fast.
I will develop realistic expectations for myself so that I can develop my abilities! 

October 2
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is!
- Vince Lombardi
GWe can't win every single time. No one ever has, no one ever will. We can, however, always want to win. Part of wanting to win is deciding just what a victory is. Often we can be our own best competitors. Victories can come in all different forms. We can win by beating our best time in a competition, increasing our distance or reps while training, or just making it through a tough workout. Wanting to win can get us over the hump to success on our own terms. There will be times when we wanted to win but didn't however we may have scored a victory on another level.
 I will always want to win but will recognize that the final results do not always tell the whole story!

October 1
Exercise is an unbeatable tension reliever ... but it doesn't work unless you do! - Doc Rivers
There is nothing better for the heart, lungs and muscles than exercise. Hard work will get us a measurable return on our investment of our time and energy. We may have days when we think, "why am I doing this?" It's a valid question to ask ourselves. The answer can help us determine just how much work we need to do. Then we can adjust our workouts to meet our goals. When we raise our aspirations, we will need to increase the intensity and duration of our workouts. Hard work gets me where I want to go, but I have to match my workouts to my goals!  

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