Motivation, Intrinsic And Extrinsic Motivation

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Motivation is a very important factor no matter what sport you coach or what the team or athlete goals are. A true coach must be able to understand their athlete and be able to tap into their motivation, maximizing their performance. Chapter four was written about two particular types of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic. No matter what theory you believe, all theories boil down to these two types of motivation. Knowing the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, can help you hone in on athletes, their goals, and help them maximize their performance. Succeeding in sports, really boils down to three main characteristics, helping athletes set goals and work towards them, conducting reviews of athlete’s performance with the athlete, and conduct team sessions. When it comes towards motivation, the easiest way to get an athlete working towards a goal is to sit down and conduct a goal setting session with them. Every person has goals they want to attain, but may not know how to deploy a plan of action towards achieving those goals. There are many ways to conduct goal setting, some ways are easier than others. One I like to use is a seven step process. The athlete writes down their goal, being very specific, define where you are right now, identify key areas to improve on in order to achieve the goal, identify actions to take and attitudes to help keep moving towards the goal, identify a short term goal to begin momentum, create an image of the goal that an

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