The Myth of Motivation

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Announcements

“Motivation” is a word that rings throughout the sports world on every level. Coaches and parents frequently ask me how to get their athletes to be more motivated. Within the research end of the sport psychology field there are countless theories that attempt to define and categorize motivation so that practitioners have a foundation for suggesting strategies for building and/or maintaining motivation. As a consultant who works with athletes on every level of sport, here’s my response: motivation isn’t what you need to build.


Yes. I will say it another way: motivation is a myth. The cat’s out of the bag now.

Have you ever known anyone who was completely motivated every day of their life?

I haven’t either. Motivation is great when it’s there. And sure, you can foster motivation. But at the end of the day, what really matters is – COMMITMENT.

That’s what gets the elite athletes out of bed when their bodies hurt and their heads tell them they are too tired. They get up and go because they are committed to their sport and their end goal (whether that be mastery or a particular achievement). For those who are wanting to lose weight, there’s an easy distinction between motivation and commitment. Motivation gets you to the gym for the first 2-6 weeks after New Years. Commitment is what keeps you there long after all the others have given up.

So, the better question is, how do we foster commitment?

I have run many workshops in regards to this very topic. Interested in increasing commitment levels? You’ve come to the right place, because we are committed to helping you get there.