Tip #11 in the “31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence” series is: Reward yourself
Many of my athletes are so focused on their Goals and working hard towards them, that they do not pick up on how much progress they are making along the way.
I try to emphasize how well they are doing and point out improvements. Season-long goals can seem very far away when you’re in the middle of a hard block of training. Regular rewards can keep motivation up and ensure you are enjoying the process of chasing your goals.
So, if you’ve mastered a piece of technique, holding faster reps in training, raced a best time or are lifting stronger weights than ever, take the time to reflect and congratulate yourself – and reward yourself for a job well done (thus far!).
- Take a day off
- Have a glass of wine
- Have that second slice of cake
- Go for a massage
- Treat yourself to something nice
Savor the little victories along the way, the big ones will come too.
Previous tips in the 31 Easy Tips series include:
#1: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning
#2: Write Down Your Goals (Now!)
#3: Ask an Expert
#4: Start Stretching
#5: Track your progress towards your Goals
#6: Take a Cold Shower
#7: Incorporate Drills into your Workouts
#8: Superfoods for Superperformance
#9: Get Some Rest
#10: Cross train