Some of you may already know but I coach girls volleyball and have for many years. Every year I run into the same problem. Everyone is motivated by different things, so how do I motivate them as a team? I am sure there are several other coaches out there- what works for you?
My team has finally figured out how to play to their potential no matter the opponents skill level. Every coach knows the 'play your game' mantra. Now the challenge is to motivate them to improve on what they can already do. Even the pro's are constantly refining theri skills, so why don't the girls understand that you have to continually work at improving. It seems like I have much more belief in them than they do. I wish they could see what I see.
This is a problem much larger than sports though. Take a walk through any high school these days, eyes are just glazed over hoping to make it through the day. Where are the goals? Where is the drive to make it on thier own? I am still amazed at how much 'stuff' teenagers have; video games, wardrobe to die for, mp3 players, tv's in their room, ect. Where does all this stuff come from and how much do they actually have to work for it? My town is overrun by kids just out of school who have no idea what it takes to live on their own. A job flipping burgers doesn't pay enough to cover rent let alone anything extra. yet they get a $300 paycheck and promptly spend $50 on DVDs or video games or cigarettes.
What motivates you and how do you motivate others around you?