Unraveling the Truth About Motivation: A Guide for Young Volleyball Athletes

Coach Stuart
December 28, 2023

Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that’s crucial in sports, yet often misunderstood: motivation. As a junior volleyball player, understanding what truly drives you can make a significant difference in your athletic journey. Let’s debunk some myths and get to the heart of what motivation really is.

Myth 1: Motivation Comes from Others

Many believe that motivation is something you can catch from others, like enthusiasm from a coach or a teammate. However, the truth is, motivation starts with you. While coaches and teammates can inspire you, the real drive to excel in volleyball must come from within. Remember, you are the one responsible for your own motivation.

Myth 2: Fame and Fortune are the Ultimate Motivators

It’s easy to think that fame and fortune are the best motivators. But ask yourself, are you playing volleyball right now for fame or fortune? Probably not. These external rewards might give you a short-term boost, but they won’t sustain your motivation in the long run. True, lasting motivation comes from your love for the game, not the applause that comes with it.

Myth 3: Motivation Alone Leads to Success

While motivation is essential, it’s not the only ingredient for success. Talent, fitness, discipline, knowledge, hard work, a support system, financial resources, and quality coaching are equally important. Motivation can’t compensate for a lack in these areas.


As an athlete, understanding and balancing your motivations is crucial. Remember, the most sustainable motivation comes from within. It’s about loving the game, enjoying the process, and striving to be the best version of yourself. Keep these truths in mind as you continue your journey in volleyball and beyond.

Stay motivated, stay passionate, and most importantly, enjoy the game!


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