Motivation from Haters and Supporters

One of the biggest sources of motivation for athletes comes from haters. Athletes love proving people wrong. When an athlete is overlooked, doubted, or disrespected, they often feel angry, and they use this emotion to fuel themselves to work extra hard to succeed. When they succeed, the satisfaction of silencing critics feels great. Whenever you need some motivation, think about times when you were overlooked, doubted, or disrespected. For example, you could think about the time you were cut from a team, or you could think about when someone laughed at your dreams.

However, you need to be careful about using this kind of motivation too much. If the chip on your shoulder is too big, you may become a bitter person. Not only is this not good for your mental health, but it can also hurt your relationships with others. People don't like being around angry people. Also, this type of motivation isn't ideal for performance in games because it can increase nervousness and recklessness. It is better to use it more for training. Lastly, thinking about haters can sometimes backfire and actually discourage you. You may start to agree with your doubters and lose motivation and confidence. Therefore, I suggest you complement this motivation with other kinds of motivation to help your mental health, performance, and overall motivation.

One of the most underrated sources of motivation comes from the opposite of proving haters wrong, which is proving supporters right. While haters can provide strong motivation, so can supporters. It feels good to be supported, appreciated, acknowledged, accepted, and honored. Support from others gives you confidence, and reinforces hard work. Whenever you need some motivation, think about times when somebody supported you. For example, you could think about the time when all your relatives came to your game and cheered for you, or you could think about the time a coach gave you a chance when no other coach did. Appreciate your supporters. Work hard to return the favor and prove them right. Make them proud of you.

 Also, this kind of motivation is good for mental health. It gives you a sense a love and belonging that not only makes you happy, but helps you bond with others. However, you need to be careful about using this kind of motivation too much. If you soak in the love too much, you may become too satisfied and lose motivation.

Like with most things in life, balance is key. Use both of these kinds of motivation. Know when to use each one to maximize your motivation, performance, mental health, and relationships.

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