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BBC Sport Academy explains the best ways to motivate yourself before a big sporting event.

Coaches like Sven-Goran Eriksson know that being psychologically motivated is important in helping you be the best in sport.

Instead of leaving motivation to chance, sports psychologists use a range of techniques to help sports stars perform at their best.

Recognising the need to get motivated

Not everyone has the same kind of motivation and experts believes there are at least two main kinds.

  • Ego orientation: Playing sport because you want to be the winner

  • Task orientation: Playing sport because you enjoy being the best by improving your own personal best performances

    You can have both kinds of motivation - but it's best to be high in both ego and task orientation or low in ego and high in task orientation.

    People with these types of motivation work hard at sport and don't give up when things aren't working out.

    People who are high in ego orientation and low in task orientation don't always succeed and may give up when they're no longer winning.

    Which type do you think you are - and what should you do about it?

    "I can't seem to motivate myself. I know I can improve my fitness and my ability in sport but I can't seem to get there. What can I do?"

    Does this sound like you?

    If so, you need to start getting motivated and start using goal setting.

    By setting goals you can:

  • Achieve more
  • Improve performance
  • Improve the quality of your training
  • Increase your motivation to achieve
  • Increase your pride and satisfaction in your performance

    So start using our exercises now - get to those goals and get motivated!

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  • Motivation tips

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    I always aim as high as I possibly can and then even if I fall short of my targets, hopefully I will still achieve something
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    Michael Owen
    Michael Owen
    Liverpool star

    :: City look to Mr Motivator
    :: Fleming helped motivate England

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