One leg lift off to double pump reverse lay up. P5 boy doin work. But what makes me happy was the excitement of his team mates. Showing him love after bucket made. #coachgsingapore#adidassg#hoopsfactorysg
On motivation -
When people comment to me on how amazing athletes are because we are so motivated to train while they can’t even bring themselves to the gym once a week, they often have an image of us waking up every single morning and going, “Yeah! I can’t wait to push my body to its extreme and put myself through an emotional roller coaster ride!” (Some days I do feel that excited but only on certain days)
So when I explain that the truth is far from that - that I wake up some mornings not wanting to go for training, and that I think about giving up more often than I am willing to admit - people are really surprised and perhaps somewhat uncomfortable by my candor. I can’t speak for all athletes but I don’t want to sugarcoat how it is like for me.
Motivation to me isn’t about being pumped up and excited (cue inspiring and dramatic background music) to do whatever it is you have to do. It is about NOT feeling like doing it, feeling like giving up, but finding it in yourself to do it anyway. It is not pretty. It is not fun. I tell myself it is okay to give up, but not before I’ve tried. I have to make it down to training first, not to give up even before I’ve stepped onto the track or into the gym. Some days are really rough, but other days I’m rewarded with great sessions which I wouldn’t had gotten if I hadn’t first turned up. I’ve given up many times before (in all aspects of life) and I used to be really ashamed about it. Looking back, I did try really really hard for a long time before giving up, so now I remind myself that I can be proud of how hard I did try.
Olympic gold medalist Nastia Lukin shared that as a young gymnast, she often wanted to quit when things got tough and when she had bad training days. Her mum would tell her - Okay, you can quit. But not today. You can quit after you’ve had a good day. So when she returned home on a good day, her mum would then remind her that she could then quit as promised. She would respond that it was ridiculous and she had never said anything about wanting to quit.
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