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Team coach Sarah Cecil is currently working with us in celebration of the Olympics in Rio2017. Sarah is a Technical Lead Sport Psychologist at the English Institute of Sport and in this post, she shares her top tips for increasing your motivation when it comes to getting active. Working as a sport psychologist supporting elite athletes for the English Institute of Sport, you would imagine that all the athletes I work with are always super-motivated. The truth is just that like you, Olympians and Paralympians waver at times in their motivation. As a sport psychologist I provide advice to athletes and coaches on how to develop and maintain motivation. There are lots of concepts when it comes to motivation. A theory often utilised in elite sport is the Self Determination Theory by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan (http://www.selfdeterminationtheory.org). This theory suggests that in order to have the highest quality of self-generated motivation individuals need to explore three psychological factors namely perception of autonomy, competence and relatedness. Put simply, to feel motivated to do something human beings need to feel in control (autonomy), to feel a sense of achievement and good about what they are do (competence) and to feel connected and close to other people (relatedness). To increase your perception of control, remember it's your choice to exercise even when you don't feel like it, and to set yourself realistic goals. With regards to competence, think about how you will judge your success and look for small signs of improvement. Remember to celebrate when you reach targets however small they may seem. Lastly, involve those who are close to you in your exercise journey so that they can both support and praise you as you progress. An alternative way to explore your motivation is to spend some time thinking about what your values are. When we talk about values we mean what is truly important to you, what you want your life to be about and what you want to stand for. You may already know what yours are, and if not, there are lots of questionnaire and exercises online that you can do to explore what these are. You may want to look at this one: https://www.viacharacter.org. Values are different from goals as we never reach them but we should always strive towards them. Once you have identified what your values are then it is important in life to pursue them vigorously and make decisions based on these values. Without doubt your decision to exercise will be linked to one of your values. For example, you may want to be an active and supportive parent/grandparent and use this as part of your decision to exercise today. Alternatively you may decide that you want to lead a challenging and adventurous life, therefore view the Team GB Pro Athlete Class you are thinking of doing as an opportunity for adventure and a challenge. When athletes are being congruent with their values then their perceptions of autonomy, competence and relatedness increase and they find the motivation to go faster, higher and stronger just like you will!
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