Many parents contact us each week because they struggle to motivate their kids in sports or how best to motivate their athletes.

We receive many questions from sports parents and coaches, such as from this hockey parent who asked, “We know the talent he has is far greater than what he delivers. How do we motivate our child to have more heart and be mentally stronger?”

We believe that coaches and parents should understand the best ways to help their kids be motivated or how to instill self-motivation in their athletes.

Understanding Motivation

Motivation is the desire to achieve a goal. Athletes may be motivated to win a tournament, to play well or to improve their skills. Motivation is the ability to commit to a goal and go after it with enthusiasm. Motivation is critical to achieving success in sports. Many top athletes attribute their success in sports to high motivation and continued commitment.