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motivation the fuel for success

Motivation:The Fuel for Success

John P. Sullivan, Psy.D.

Sport Psychologist

Clinical & Sport Consulting Services

Clinical & Sports Consulting Services

ideal performance state
Ideal Performance State
  • Intense focus
  • Present orientation – in the moment
  • Confidence in your abilities
  • Calmness/relaxation
  • Energetic
  • Enjoyment/fun/joy
  • Alert/self-aware
  • Compiled from Ravissa, Miner, Loehr
  • Why are some motivated while others are not?
  • Motivation requires energy focused in two dimensions

-Direction is choosing particular goals over others

- Intensity is the fuel necessary to achieve the goal

motivation basics
Motivation Basics
  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
  • Direct and Indirect Motivation
  • Sense of Control
  • Personal Needs
  • Can’t be seen but is FELT!!
smart goal setting
SMART Goal Setting
  • Specific – Make goals specific
  • Measurable – Can you measure your progress?
  • Adjustable – Can you modify your goal based on progress?
  • Realistic – Make sure the goal is a ‘stretch’
  • Time oriented – Determine dates by which you’d like to achieve goals
goal setting ladder
Goal Setting Ladder
  • Set short-term, medium range, and long-term goals
  • Conduct a ‘roadblock analysis’ of potential barriers to goal achievement
  • Mark your progress
additional goal setting tips
Additional Goal Setting Tips
  • Goals should be positive
  • Goals should be precise – Set dates by which you want to achieve specific goals
  • Goals should be manageable – Don’t get overwhelmed by setting too many goals at once
  • Write down your goals – It makes them more real
final words on goal setting
Final Words on Goal Setting

Take the time to enjoy the success of goals achieved.

be relentlessly positive
  • Provide Positive Feedback
  • Maintain Responsibility for Success
  • Acknowledge Growth Points
  • Find Fun in What You Do!
  • Visualize Success
  • Emphasize Performance Over Outcomes
motivating communication
Motivating Communication
  • Be positive
  • Sandwich any criticism between positive feedback/ positive instruction
keys to communicating effectively
Keys to Communicating Effectively
  • Listen effectively
    • Don’t interrupt
    • Maintain good eye-contact
    • Paraphrase the message to encourage your athlete
keys to communicating effectively1
Keys to Communicating Effectively
  • Express yourself correctly

- Tone and body language communicate more than the words we use

- Remember to be positive

- Keep in mind: ‘Would you rather be right or effective?’

patterns of motivation
Patterns of Motivation
  • The Learned Helpless Athlete
  • The Fear of Failure Athlete
  • The Fear of Success Athlete
  • The Perfectionist Athlete
  • The Under-Achieving Athlete
learned helpless athlete
Learned Helpless Athlete
  • Redefine success
    • Focus on performance
  • Chart improvement
  • Focus on short-term goals
  • Be positive
  • Arrange opportunities to succeed
fear of failure athlete
Fear of Failure Athlete
  • Provide consistent approval for both winning and losing
  • Encourage learning from losses
  • Help emphasize the process over outcome
fear of success athletes
Fear of Success Athletes
  • Provide a focus on goals
  • Provide preparation for being #1
  • Help them to visualize success
  • Encourage and support both winning and losing
the perfectionist athlete
The Perfectionist Athlete
  • Emphasize a strong association between strong workouts and recovery
  • Reinforce enjoyment
  • Create an environment of process over outcome
  • Encourage balance in their lives
the under achieving athlete
The Under-Achieving Athlete
  • Establish a verbal commitment/contract
  • Educate about the effort- success ratio
    • (Success = Ability + Preparation + Effort +Will)
  • Stress self-improvement
John P. Sullivan, Psy.D.

Chief Consultant

Phone: (401) 258-6754

Fax: (401) 874-5010

[email protected]

Consultation for Mental Health Concerns,

Sports Performance Enhancement & Performance Psychology

Clinical & Sports Consulting Services