If you’ve ever watched a college basketball game, the coaching staff in the locker room is trying to “psych” up the team. Sometimes it works; however, it also creates undue stress in what could be your top performers.
Motivation isn’t something that can be taught. It’s also something that a coach or parent shouldn’t be in control of. Allowing an athlete the ability to stay relaxed in a familiar environment is more of a motivation than anything that a coach or parent can say. Staying relaxed and following your routine is vital to performing at your optimum level.
- Fear – The “If you don’t do it, you’ll pay” mentality. Seems to be the old school thought process. Punishment is NOT a motivating factor. It actually causes people to tense up and play/work worse than they would if they were in a calm mindset.
- Incentives – “If you do it, you can have _____ in return.” Might work for some people, however, it’s putting too much pressure on people to earn the goal. They won’t even appreciate what’s going on around them. This isn’t motivation to play better; it’s only to get the prize.
- Purpose – This is where a coach, parent or boss’ focus needs to be with athletes or workers. It creates a long term motivational effect. Setting seasonal, monthly and/or yearly goals are the best way to motivate through purpose. However, it’s not just a coach or boss that needs to set these goals. Talk to your team and have them set the goals, your job? Make sure they mesh with what you are trying to accomplish in your program. In turn, these goals will help individuals meet end of the season/year incentives. These can include: Work Bonuses, MVP Awards or even a chance to participate at a State competition.
So, how do I motivate people around me? I give them praise for doing well and recognize their hard work. Sometimes just saying “Thanks for working hard this week” will give someone enough motivation to keep it up. I also allow them the chance to relax they way they want, while making sure they are in the correct physical and mental shape. There is one last piece of the puzzle that I have not mentioned. You have to be motivated yourself. Is it possible to lead a team as an unmotivated leader? In short, no, you have to want to be there in order to motivate others. People will feed off of it and give you the best results.
Now it’s your turn! How do you motivate your employees, athletes or children? How do you motivate yourself? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.