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Do you have any self motivation books that you recommend for student athletes like me?

I am currently on a scholarship in my university as a student athlete for the varsity swim team. Right now I’m in my junior year and I think I need to learn self motivation techniques that I can apply not only to my sport but also in my studies. It’s a tough balancing act for me to do well in both so some self motivation books can probably show me good self motivation examples that I can apply to my day-to-day activities both in my academics and sports.

Whitney Matthews

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Tara Andrews on February 12, 2018

I’ve always wanted to be involved in sports in college. However, life probably had other plans for me because physically, I wasn’t able to make the cut during tryouts in several teams I tried. However all was not lost as I became involved in different artist groups instead, especially theater. This also took up a lot of time, especially the rehearsals whenever we had a big play coming up.

I reckon that the balancing act between student-athletes and student-performers are not much different, as we always have to find for both our studies and in our craft, and in your case, your sports. Techniques for self-motivation can really be helpful especially if you are feeling overwhelmed by the workload of what you have to do on a daily basis.  I don’t know if you’re familiar with him, but I read some selfmotivation books by Tony Robbins and they really helped me to lay down my priorities when it comes to my life.

Tony is known in the field of self-development and his personal growth tips are used by people from very different backgrounds --- from business, politics, sports and even entertainment. His main tenet is that our physical, emotional and mental well-being are very much connected and you cannot neglect one area in favor of another. In your case this might mean that just because you’re an athlete, you not only focus on your physical well-being but also on the other areas of your mental and emotional well-being as well.

Another example of self motivation I found that has helped me greatly is journaling. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a good writer, you just need to have an open mind and write down your goals for the day, the week or the month, and track your progress towards these regularly. Sometimes you don’t even have to do this, you can just write down what’s going on in your daily life and activities and see where you are improving and still need to improve.

Talk to your coach and your teammates. I cannot underscore enough the support of your peers and friends, even if swimming is technically an individual sport, having a support group around can greatly help in motivating yourself to reach your goals in life. Make an effort to hang out after training and you’ll find that other athletes are also going through the same thing as you and need as much support as you do.

Caleb Jenkins2 years ago

Hello there fellow athlete! I am also in my junior year in college but I’m on my university’s track team and I feel you when you say that sometimes techniques for self motivation is really very much needed just to get us through the day. I’ve experienced some losses in the year and sometimes I can be too hard on myself. Since just like you most of my sport is also pretty individual in nature, I do a lot of meditation for motivation to help me get prepped up before games. You can also check out the Calm website and devote a few minutes everyday just to sit down and quiet your thoughts and meditate on your intentions for all the things you want to achieve in life. I agree that journaling is a good idea because it also helps clear your mind, but if you are pressed for me, meditation is great because you can do this almost anywhere you go and for only a few minutes per day.

Ronald Miller2 years ago

There are a variety of motivation techniques but none bits proper planning. Avoid putting things till the last minute. Come up with a timetable to avoid falling into the trap of time-wasting and procrastination.  Break down your big tasks into smaller portions that you can achieve step by step. Celebrate small success you gain and reward yourself with short breaks to do what you love. Do not let failures hold you back; try to maintain your focus even if you encounter setbacks. Look at any failure you go through as an opportunity and use the lessons you learn to propel yourself to success. After a while, you’ll find your motivation scale rising higher. 

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