Get Motivated! ... Daily in 2022

May 27
Don't ever forget you play with your mind as well as your body!
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Many athletes insist on the importance of mental as well as physical fitness and will agree that a clear and focused mind and a positive attitude are also invaluable for ultimate success. Every workout should begin with a clear head. Leave office problems, personal issues, and other distractions and workout with a mind that is focused simply on the task at hand. Enjoy fully the experience of the practice or competition.
Today I'll concentrate on good mental fitness as I workout or compete! 

May 26
I am a winner each and every time I compete! - George Foreman
In order to be our best, we have to have a positive attitude. It's not always easy to be sure about our abilities and chances for success. Most of the time we feel unsure of where we stand and not completely confident in our ability to perform. However, we should feel the positive energy and have the right attitude that we will transfer into our performance. Approaching a workout or competition with an upbeat confident attitude is good strategy. We should all make it part of our game plan!

May 25
Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energy created by stress!
- Arnold Schwarznegger
Stress is all around us. So much so that it's almost impossible to avoid it. While we can't eliminate stress from our lives we can work on eliminating the effects of that stress on our bodies and our attitudes. There's nothing like a good workout to clean our systems and clear our heads. Exercising helps us burn off steam and helps us to vent our anger or frustration. Just getting out there can give us a real boost - physically and mentally.
When I'm feeling stressed, I'll exercise because I know it will help me! 

May 24
While long term goals are important, short-term goals bring immediate focus and direction to your efforts!
- Jim Loehr
Every time we set a goal, we are challenging ourselves to accomplish something that is out of reach. The satisfaction of reaching that goal is exhilarating. No matter what the size of the achievement, we are proud of ourselves. It's important to set goals that are within reach and can be achieved in a reasonable amount of time. It's more encouraging to reach short term goals than long term ones that are farther away.
The end result may be the same but by taking baby steps to get there, we will feel like progress is coming fast and furious!   

 May 23
I never gave up, even when people told me I'd never make it!
- Bob Wickman
As athletes, we come up against all sorts of challenges every day. Some challenges we create for ourselves and some are given to us by others. Both are invaluable to us as we try to improve and become more proficient in our sports, despite what may appear to be long odds. Challenges we give ourselves are goals we set, tough but realistic: not easy but not impossible. The goals others have given us can often be more difficult making them harder to achieve and be successful. It's rewarding to achieve a goal at any time, but when the odds seem to be against us, it's even more exhilarating to succeed.
I believe in the power of me!  

May 22
I am willing to put myself through anything to take me to a new level! - Diana Nyad
Sometimes we have to suffer to get what we want - especially when we are trying to get to another level of performance. Be careful, however, because the philosophy of "no pain, no gain" can be taken too far. Going so hard that we injure ourselves isn't the point of exercising. The point is to challenge ourselves and push beyond what we've been able to do in the past. This can be extremely satisfying as long as we don't overdo it. I will accept a little discomfort in order to reach new goals!

May 21
Controlled exuberance. It's a difficult balance!
- Bob Lily
We have to walk that fine line between being too psyched and being in control. If we go too far one way or another, we run the risk of limiting our performance. Finding that balance is mainly about pacing ourselves and understanding our limits and how much we can push ourselves. If we go totally all out too soon we'll burn out very quickly. If we hold back we may never perform our best.
I will find that balance between being psyched and remaining in control!

May 20
When things aren't going well remember to play like a kid!
- Tom Watson
As kids we played we played for the pure fun of it, for the excitement, exhilaration and camaraderie it offered us. We liked to win, we enjoyed practice and improving our skills but didn't become obsessed over playing up to other people's expectations or achieving unrealistic goals. Sports should be fun, first and foremost. The more loose and relaxed we are, and the happier we are to be there, the better we'll perform - it's as simple as that.
Today's workout will be a good time! 

May 19
You have success not by chance but by preparation!
- Roger Maris
Goals aren't miraculously achieved out of nowhere. Nobody just wakes up one morning and runs a marathon. It's just not possible. Preparation involves a commitment on a number of levels. We need to prepare ourselves both physically and mentally for whatever we may face. Long term preparation involves conditioning, training and maintaining a healthy body. Short term preparation can be as simple as stretching, having enough water or eating the right foods before we exercise. Preparation gets us used to doing things the way they work best for us.
I'll be as prepared as I possibly can! 

May 18
There's always somebody saying "you can't do it" ... just ignore them!
- Bill Cartwright
It's sad but true. There's always someone who will say "you'll never do it" or "it will never happen". These people don't know what they are talking about. They don't know us or our abilities or our aspirations. We have to create a wall of confidence and faith in ourselves that blocks out those negative thoughts. These thoughts can come from anywhere, including ourselves, but to reach our goals we have to push through the negative thoughts and keep on striving.
Today I will ignore the negatives whether they come from the outside or the inside! 

May 17
I try to not get too caught up with the task ahead. I just do what has to be done, believe in myself and let it happen!
- Eamonn Coghlan
Sometimes our best workouts or performances are done when we approach the task with a completely clear and relaxed mind. We know what we want to do so we simply let our bodies run on "auto pilot". Goals become realities the less we obsess on them. The more we agonize over our performance or goals, the more distracted and less effective we become.
Today I will put distracting thoughts out of my mind as I work out or compete!  

May 16
I let my performance do the talking. That's really what it's all about! - Pete Sampras
Have a goal and go for it. Simple. Focus. Intensity. The performance says it all. There are a lot of people who talk a good game but when it comes down to it they can't turn in the performance they have been bragging about. What we say isn't half as important as what we do. Remember that no matter what we say or how we say it we have got to let our skills do the talking. My abilities will have the last word!

May 15
My goal isn't to be brilliant or flashy, just to be consistent over the long run!
- Dennis Connor
This philosophy can pay off in any sport. It can also be a valuable standard to apply to our individual fitness efforts. We don't have to be amazing and fantastic every time out. We just have to be as consistent as possible. Consistency is developed over time with effort and concentration. Consistency is also important in preparing for any competition. The only way to maintain a standard of performance is to keep on putting in our time to working out.
I will strive for consistency and come out on top! 

May 14
Desire! Not education, not hidden talent. That's the secret to success!
- Bobby Unser
We've got to want it. No one can give it to us on a silver platter. Plenty of people have talent and abilities that never use them to their full extent. They don't take their skills to the max because they are not fueled with the desire to pursue and develop them. Desire is a secret weapon - and it's a potent one. It is the key that can change a poor performance to an excellent one.
I can do it and I will do it, no matter what! 

May 13
Confidence is the name of the game! - JoAnne Carner
When we feel are feeling a lull in self-confidence, it is often helpful to go back to the basics. We can reestablish our confidence by working on all our moves and strategies. Too many times we find ourselves obsessing about our performance that may not be up to our usual standards. Best approach is to step back, analyze what needs more attention and focus on that. Undue pressure will have a negative effect. Fixing the problem area will give me confidence and improve my overall performance!

May 12
Just the right combination of nourishment and exercise would be the safest way to health! - Hippocrates
For thousands of years, scientists and medical experts have been looking for the perfect balance between diet and exercise for optimum health. The key is consistency. It's not necessary to become obsessive about working out, just conscientious. Exercise shouldn't be for weekends or summer months only. It should be a year-round and important part of our schedules. Today I'll think ahead to the next few months and plan my workouts! 

May 11
When you're a winner you'll always be happy, but if you're happy as a loser, you'll always be a loser! - Mark Fidrych
Sometimes it seems easier to settle for less than our best effort than to really put in that extra push to reach our potential. We talk ourselves into being satisfied with our performance even though we know we can do better. Striving to reach our potential is how we grow and improve. While it does happen - less than 100% effort - it's not something we want to get in the habit of doing. We want to make it a habit to play and practice our best. I'll put forth the best effort I can at that moment!

May 10
Get the job done!
- Don Shula
The simplest directions are usually the best. Cut to the chase, no excuses. We have to decide what we want to do and then go out and do it. Unfortunately, "simple" can be a little deceptive. A lot of planning and effort goes into "simply" getting the job done. We have to think and work and decide exactly what that job is. The bigger the job, the more we need to clear up before we can get to it.
I will make a workable plan and get the job done today!  

May 9
Consistent achievement happens only if you love what you're doing!
- Bart Connor
Anything we truly enjoy, we're going to be better at. Whether it's the career we've chosen, our hobbies, or the sports we chose to play. When talent combines with a love of what we're doing it makes for an athlete whose commitment is evident in each and every performance. Love of the sport gives us that extra edge that we need to excel. Skills and practice alone won't do it.
The more I enjoy myself in my workouts, the better I'll be! 

May 8
When anyone tells me I can't do anything ... I stop listening!
- Florence Griffith Joyner
Negative talk. It's probably the most destructive thing that can happen to us and our exercise. We have to be aware of it coming from others. "Are you sure you can run a marathon?" We have to know it will happen but we can look them in the eye and say "Yes, I can do it". In fact, when someone tells us that we can't do something it can inspire us to go right out and do it.
I am not listening to the negatives - I will create my own positives!

May 7
Not every sport is right for everyone and not everyone is right for every sport!
- Dave Winfield
There is something out there for all of us, no matter what our skills, body type, interests, or time factors and it's up to us to find it. While it's great to be proficient at several sports, not everyone is so blessed. Because regular participation in one activity is commendable, we should all strive to have at least one sport or fitness activity that we consider ourselves good at and do on a regular basis.
It teaches us perseverance, motivation and discipline: gives us self-confidence and poise!  

May 6
You have peace of mind and can relax and enjoy yourself when you know you gave 100% effort!
- Gordie Howe
It's hard to give 100% all the time. There are days when we just don't have it. We may be overtired or our minds are elsewhere. However, when we decide to go for it, we will never be able to fault ourselves. Going all out is the best way to get what we want. We have to have the will to succeed and the courage to fail and the only way we can find that will and courage is to put ourselves on the line - completely.
If I have truly given 100%, I can't be unhappy with the outcome! 

May 5
Mental toughness is essential for any physical activity! - Bobby Knight
The mind is a powerful ally in competition and overall fitness. Our minds can help us to be prepared for any challenge. We can be in excellent physical condition but if our heads aren't in gear our chances for success are greatly diminished. Mental acuity can't completely overcome physical shortcomings but a mind and body working together can surely help to compensate. The athlete who comes out on top is the one who is best mentally prepared!

May 4
It's very dangerous to have your self-worth riding on your results!
- Jim Courier
There's more to life than sports. No matter what level, athletics are only a portion of what makes us who we are. We have other responsibilities, interests, commitments and pleasures: from our careers to our children, our stamp collection to our volunteer work, we are complete, well-rounded individuals with a lot to do. It's important to keep a healthy balance between these and all other aspects of our lives.
Athletic participation is important to me, but it's only a part of the complete, well-rounded person I am!

May 3
Concentrate, be yourself and don't be afraid to succeed!
- Amy Alcott
It seems unlikely that anyone might be "afraid" to succeed, but in fact, many athletes have trouble with this for a variety of reasons. Fear of failure leads to a lack of motivation and low expectations. Whatever the reasons, we sometimes find ourselves under performing, particularly in competition. When we compete, we should look forward to the challenge and always try to do our best. If we focus on ourselves instead of worrying about others, the more we will be able to perform consistently and successfully.
I will give my all and not worry about the expectations of others!  

May 2
Everyone should experience defeat at least once. You learn a lot from it!
- Lou Holtz
While sometimes it seems the the only lessons learned from defeat are painful ones, if we look deep enough there is really a lot more to it than that. We learn to recognize and understand our errors and work to avoid them in the future. Sometimes our confidence is hurt and our pride wounded. We feel disappointed in our performance. However, identifying these feelings and moving on is the best recovery strategy.
I will learn from the experience and not make myself suffer over it!

May 1
A full mind is a sub-par performance during any type of sport or workout! - Branch Rickey
We've all had moments when we feel utterly helpless, spastic, and ineffective because we're so distracted by other matters. The more cluttered our minds are, the less focus, attention, and energy we can give our workout or competition. It's not always easy to check our problems but it's worth a try. Chances are our performance will improve and the problems may seem a bit more manageable. Not only will we perform better, it will be a more enjoyable experience all around!

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