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  • Writer's pictureChris Broadfoot

To Become a Pro Athlete, You NEED These!👇🏻

Updated: Mar 28

What does being a professional athlete look like?

To most people, it looks like what you would normally see on TV: highlight reels, the thrill of play-offs, and the glory of lifting trophies. But two crucial fundamentals can get easily overlooked.

Motivation, and routine.

Whether you are dribbling on the basketball court, smashing goals in football, or sprinting for the forehand winner on the tennis court, being a pro requires relentless motivation, and a consistent routine.

Motivation is a tricky beast.

The mainstream media and influencers portray it as a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm, something you can just pull out of thin air. And as long as you’re ‘motivated’, that’s all you need to succeed, right?

This is a very common misconception about motivation.

Sure, motivation can get you out of bed at the crack of dawn for those early morning workouts. Motivation can pull you through those extremely intense training sessions. Motivation can feel like that fire in your belly that refuses to be extinguished, no matter how tough your journey ahead might seem.

However, motivation is still a feeling.

And feelings are temporary.

You’re going to hit rough patches. You’re going to have days where you don’t want to do the hard yards. We are human after all, and our brains are wired to maximize pleasure while minimizing pain.

That’s where routine comes in.

Your routine acts as a sturdy scaffold, providing structure and stability even when you don’t feel like putting in the work. It’s the accountability mirror that tells you to get out of bed on the days when you’d rather sleep in. It can be rough around the edges, and it doesn’t look pretty, but without it, your pro career is just a house of cards waiting to collapse at the slightest breeze.

So, how do you cultivate a routine that works for you while keeping your motivation levels high?

  1. Set clear, manageable goals. Set goals that are both long-term and short-term. The short-term goals keep you focused on the mundane day-to-day, while the long-term aspirations serve as your compass, reminding you of your purpose and keeping you motivated along your journey.

  2. Have support in your corner. You are the average of your 5 closest people. If your inner circle is made up of people who celebrate your best moments and encourage you through your worst moments, chances are, you’ll adopt that same mindset. This is essential for sustaining a career in professional sports.

  3. Take breaks and appreciate your progress.

In an industry as ruthless and unforgiving as professional sports, it’s easy to forget all the work you’ve done. For every rest stop you reach on your climb up the mountain, relax for 5 minutes, look back, and see how far you’ve climbed. Celebrate that progress, and use it as fuel to propel you further towards your peak.

At the end of the day, being a successful professional athlete doesn’t just come down to ability, connections, or luck. You also need the self-discipline to stick to a routine, and the drive to stay motivated, through all the highs and lows of this rollercoaster.

Stay consistent, stay focused, and you’ll be unstoppable.

That’s all for now.

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