What credit do you give motivational quotes in sports success? When you think of sports you automatically think of the physical actions it takes to do perform the various moves and plays. Being athletic, physically gifted, and talented plays a big part. But after you reach a certain level, everybody is athletic, gifted, and talented physically. But not everybody is mentally tough or exceeds at the emotional parts of playing sports. A motivational quote delivered by a coach in the 4th quarter of an important game can have more influence over game turnout than you might think.
Mentally and emotionally tough
Many times this is what separates the good and great athletes. As a parent and youth coach I’ve learned that some kids require some help in this area, while others seem to be born with it, or had it instilled by their parents or other coaches. I understand the importance of teaching them how to do the fundamentals and how to train their bodies for the rigors of sports. But it is just as important to prepare them mentally and emotionally.
Coaching mental and emotional toughness
This may be harder to coach, as we can’t just demonstrate a drill and have them do what we’ve done. To some degree we have to get inside their heads. Sometimes this is about planting the right seeds, or saying the right words which will stick in their heads, and be there for them to retrieve at just the right moment.
Listen to the best
Motivational or inspirational quotes are one way to plant the right seeds in a youth athlete’s mind. Here are some great ones for you to become familiar with, and begin to add to your coaching dialogue with your kids and players.