As a High School Coach for 12 years I was privileged to coach many different kinds of student athletes.
One of the biggest difference makers that allows athletes to be more successful is when they learn to be more than motivated—when they learned to be dedicated.
Motivated athletes practice hard when they are motivated by a big game approaching.
Motivated athletes practice hard when they are motivated by a coach watching them.
Motivated athletes practice hard when they are motivated by their mood.
But, athletes who rely on motivation to succeed often experience a roller coaster effect where, when they aren’t feeling it, they don’t show up to practice hard.
Dedicated athletes practice hard every day.
Dedicated athletes are driven by a purpose. Their purpose helps to form their character. Their character shapes their thoughts. Their thoughts shape their actions. And their actions drive them toward their goals.
There’s nothing wrong with motivation, motivation is great. It can help us get us to PR we have been chasing, help us to start new behaviors, or help us to get back on track if we have fallen off the wagon. It feels good to be motivated, and our good feelings fuel our motivation.
Motivation is a tool that, for short periods of time, allows us to use our state of mind to direct our behavior toward our goals.
Dedication allows us to be successful even when our motivation runs dry. Dedication allows us to put in the work every day, driven by our purpose, knowing that in the end it will be worth it.