Find your Motivation

What motivates you?  How do you get yourself going when you are feeling tired or low?  Some people are motivated by their own internal drive to improve.  Some people are motivated by other peoples’ successes.  Finding your motivation is a key component to success.  It allows you to train longer, train harder and keep pushing yourself when others would not.  

A lot of people find listening to music very motivating.  You will often see famous athletes listening to music to either calm themselves before their events, or to help pump themselves up to do their best.  Likewise, running with headphones can be a very effective way to motivate yourself to run as you can lose yourself in the music and distract yourself from feeling fatigued. 

So, try an experiment.  Next time you are preparing to work out, try listening to a motivating song right before you start.  Or, if you don’t normally wear headphones while working out, try it and use a playlist that you think might motivate you.  See if your effort improves for that workout and how you feel during and afterwards.  This could be the kick in the pants that your workouts needed to go to the next level.

Below are a few songs I find motivating, and if you listen to the lyrics, you might be inspired too.

“You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito

Try to believe

Though the going gets rough

That you gotta hang tough to make it

History repeats itself

Try and you’ll succeed

Never doubt that you’re the one

And you can have your dreams.

You’re the best!  Around!

Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down


“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

It's the eye of the tiger

It's the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger


“Titanium” by David Guetta

I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose

Fire away, fire away

Ricochet, you take your aim

Fire away, fire away

You shoot me down but I won't fall

I am titanium

You shoot me down but I won't fall

I am titanium


“Here Comes the Boom” by P.O.D.

Is that all you got?

I'll take your best shot.

Boom! Here Comes the Boom!


-Coach David-