Performing When You Are Not Motivated

There are times in every athlete’s career, whether they are amateurs or professionals, when they are simply not motivated to play.  Perhaps they are ill or they have had some family or personal problems but they simply do not want to compete that day.  Unfortunately, games have to be played as scheduled no matter if one of the team’s members is not feeling it.  The following are some ways to keep performing when you are not motivated:

  • Put all Thoughts Away – This may seem easier said than done but there have been instances when professional family members have passed away and they get out on the field anyway.  They put away their grief for the moment and play in memory of their loved one.  Even amateur athletes can use this tactic to work through any problems that may be happening in their life and can push through and compete even when they do not feel like it.
  • Speak to a Physician – If you are feeling ill, you should always speak to a physician before playing any sports.  They may be able to give you a prescription that allows you to feel well enough to do what you have to do for the team.  The doctor may decide that you are not well enough to play and you should inform the coaches of the team of this news.  In this instance, there is no need to motivate you although many professional players do play anyway.  There was a playoff game where Michael Jordan was very ill and he played anyway and had one of the best games of his career.
  • Do Nothing the Night Before a Big Game – You may wonder what this has to do with the actual game day but it has a lot to do with it.  If you go out partying the night before a game, you may find that your energy levels are lower even if you do not drink.  Most successful and competitive athletes are doing their homework the night before a game and make it a point to get as much rest as possible.  This allows them to focus on the task and not to worry about those issues that can be de-motivational.

Whether you are motivated or not, you have a job to do within your team and you need to make sure you are ready to go when the whistle blows.  If you are not feeling well, speak to your doctor and see if you are physically able to play or if you should let your team know you can’t participate.  Finally, take a break from all the stress and drama of life the night before a game and get yourself into game mode.