With the Kneeboard Worlds’ being postponed until 2022 some riders may be experiencing a loss of motivation. For many riders it is completely natural to get upset, frustrated or annoyed when burdened with bad news. This can have a negative impact on their training. It can also lead to a loss of motivation and drive. However, below you will find several tips on how to have a positive outlook in any situation and stay motivated to train and ride.
- MAKE GOALS
This step is often overlooked but if you don’t have a goal, then there is nothing to be motivated for. Not only should you make goals. You must write them down or make note of them somehow. This way you will be able to constantly be reminded of them. If you fail to make note of them somewhere, you will forget about them and they will go out of your priority’s as quickly as they came in.
2. TELL PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR AIMS
Sometimes everything gets a bit much and we can find it really difficult to pursue our personal goals as we have lost our motivation. However, if others (perhaps close family members and friends) are aware of your goals, then they too will push you to achieve them and possibly even give you a helping hand. Additionally, when you tell people of a goal, you set a certain amount of pressure on yourself to fulfil it which might help later down the road.
3. REWARD YOURSELF
This doesn’t mean buying yourself a huge box of chocolates to celebrate the fact that you just had a great set, no, this means that you must have a reward beyond meeting your goals. Sometimes we feel demotivated because the end product of the goal isn’t what we imagined, if this is the case, set more challenging goals for yourself or, if this isn’t possible, treat yourself to something to keep the buzz alive and to keep you motivated.
4. MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS
It can be easy to forget how far you have come since you started working towards a goal. If you plot your progress, seeing how far you have come on in your riding or whatever your goal is, will keep you motivated for the long run. Another bonus to this step is that you will even feel motivated to keep making progress as you know how good it feels to look back and reflect on. For more ways on how to improve your riding check out our page on HOW TO COACH YOURSELF.
5. SWITCH IT UP
Naturally, if we do the same thing on repeat, the process becomes boring and we lose interest which then leads to a loss of motivation. Definitely switch up your riding, timings and way of working towards your goal if you find that you are bored with the current process, there’s nothing to say that you can’t come back to that same process later when you have more motivation!
We very much hope that you find some of these tips useful and that you find the motivation you need to continue riding and progressing!