In a new article in the magazine Ask Men, Luke Walton joins athletes from the NFL and NHL in offering their thoughts and strategies on staying motivated, which can be a challenge for even the best and most committed athletes. Here is what Luke had to say; you can read the whole article at Pro Athletes' Tips for Fitness Motivation.
While setting goals is important, they should be based on your own capabilities and not someone else’s. Comparing yourself to others and trying to meet unrealistic expectations will only hinder your motivation.
"All you can control in any sport is your performance. Paying attention to what anyone else is doing in training or competition will only take you outside of yourself and compromise your workouts, races, and games” the former Olympic rower points out. “Be within yourself at all times. Work hard every day, do the best you possibly can, and regardless of the result, put it away, then get up the next day and keep moving forward. Don't live and die by your results. Work toward consistency from day to day, week to week, and month to month. Good, bad, or indifferent results on any given day, any given workout, any race or any game ... just keep pressing forward. Be a student of your craft, and work hard to refine your skills."