“I believed in myself and it was clear in my results”

OFTEN USED BUT NOT ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD

We bet you’ve heard these words a million times during Life Orientation class right? Firstly let us acknowledge that “self-motivation” is a verb – a doing word. You can’t just say you are self-motivated, it comes along with actions you need to implement every day.

Self-motivation is when you are able to do something without someone needing to constantly check up on you. Let’s take a look at these two scenarios;

  1. “You think hockey is fun but when it’s a hot day your friends have to convince you to practice.”
  2. “It’s a cold day, so you decide to get to practice a little early to do a slow jog around the field to warm up your muscle’s before practice”

Scenario B is a perfect example of self-motivation. You enjoy the sport enough to want to do well and that’s when you start motivating yourself to achieve the goals you have set for yourself without other people forcing you to do it.

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Self-motivation and empowerment are “two peas in a pod”. When you are motivated, you are able to empower those around you. At hockey practice try to encourage your teammates when you see them feeling demotivated, and instead of moaning at them, show them instead how to improve their skills.

REMEMBER IT’S A VERB

We challenge you this week to put self-motivation into practice in everything you do! Here, at the Investec Hockey Academy, we believe in you!