Songs and Motivation

>> May 18, 2010

As an athlete what do you do to keep motivated? you may familiar with the ‘mental strength’ phrase? but how exactly you do in order to perform better in your competitions?

Well, you may participate in a motivation seminar, motivation camp, spirit building camp, team building camp, and all other types of camps. Are they helpful for you, i.e. boost your spirit? Yes and no.

However, I might have a different thought from typical and I guess these programs may not be that necessary for spirit and motivation.

My motivation and drive come from dedication and hard work during training, the sacrifice that I made, and also the curiosity of knowledge and understanding offered in sports sciences (that led me to keep learning and understanding things "by doing").

Nevertheless, when you're competing, what do you do to keep motivated and electrified? I usually utilize my favorite songs to keep me going all the time.

Here is a list of my favorite songs that I feel can inspire and motivate me during different situations:

A)Pre-race songs; (the night before a race or a few hours before)

>> Unchained Melody by Ritcheous Brother ... (to relax mind)
>> How Can I Tell her by Lobo ... (to relax and empty mind)
>> A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum ... (to relax and calm down)
>> Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton ... (to relax and feel independent)
>> He Ain’t Heavy He is My Brother by The Hollies ... (to relax and remind the duty)
>> The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel ... (to relax mind)
>> My Way by Elvis Presley ... (to stimulate)
>> Have You Ever Seen the Rain by CCR ... (to awake, and stimulate)
>> Simply the Best by Tina Turner ... (to stimulate and excite more)
>> The Final Countdown by Europe ... (to stimulate and excite more)
>> We are the Champion by Queen ... (to feel the victory)
>> Sailing by Rod Stewart ... (to enjoy the victory)

Some of these would be "more effective" when I play them along with my selected "sprint race videos" (e.g. 1998 Commonwealth, Olympic Games, and World records and World championships

B)Post-race songs

>> If not repeat the second part of the above, most of the others are the collection of my favorite Rock 'N' Roll songs like Elvis Presley
>> Also some from my slow and hard rock collections.

C)Onboard or travel for a competition’s songs

>> A few of stunning country’ songs
>> Heaps of my Golden Oldies repertoires like from Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Rod Steward, and Paul Anka. Also the Hollies, Celine Dion, Bee Gees etc.

Different people have a different preference, not about "fit for all" it's all about you and when you need them, most important is if they can keep you moving!

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