Chris Wong – Owner/Managing Director
1 – Intrinsic Motivation
If you don’t have it, you will not have the drive or the mental tenacity to train hard enough or compete to win. This is difficult to instil, and all too often you will see coaches are the ones pushing the athlete by:
• Ensuring athletes to show up to training (instead of athletes showing up whenever they please or not at all).
• Pushing the athlete to train with intent (instead of athletes training and complaining, or training expecting to be babied by the coach)
Real athletes are ones who do extra work on the side and find opportunities to challenge themselves, get themselves out of their comfort zones, and make themselves better at what they do.
2 – Enjoyment
Training, competing, and enjoyment all go hand in hand. If you enjoy what you do, you will stick with it long enough to become elite. BUT, this does not mean that every single moment of training is going to be enjoyable. There are times where it is going to hurt, where you will get worse, and where you sacrifice what you want now, for what you want later, and where you will lose. Resolve, gets through those times, and you come out the other end with, taking the whole experience as a gratifying process.
3 – Autonomy
You must be autonomous. You must have ownership over your athletic experience. You cannot outsource, or delegate your training. Coaches will be there as a guide, as encouragement to aim high and aim true, but ultimately you are the master of yourself and every outcome is a result of your actions leading up to your goals.
When I talk about the above qualities, I don’t just mean sports and athleticism. These qualities apply to life itself. If you don’t motivate yourself, enjoy what you do, and take ownership of your life, I can guarantee, that time will pass by and you will ask yourself, “Have I actually achieved anything?” and the answer will be “No”.
I’ll finish with a quote by Seneca:
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.”