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Goalies: Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY


If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.

Warning: I might yell a little in this post. I might even swear. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

You said you needed motivation. I’m going to do what needs to be done to get your ass in gear. NO EXCUSES.

Do you want to get off your butt and start seeing results instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self-pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back?

Good. Let’s get into it.

Quit Your Bitching

The sports world just doesn’t care.

And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. It doesn’t matter.

Every single goalie faces obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

Did you catch that? It might be the secret to life. Seriously.

You thought you came here for lacrosse goalie motivation and now you’re getting the secret to life?

I’ll say it again.

Every single goalie faces obstacles in their career! How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are as a man or woman and determines how successful you are in life.

So stop your whining. Stop your bitching. Respond to the obstacles the right way.

Period. End of story.

Dream A Dream

Champions have a dream. That’s where everything starts.

What’s your dream? What’s your goal?

Coach, I don’t have a goal. Wrong answer dude.

No wonder you lack motivation. You don’t where you’re going.

You driving in a car without a final destination so obviously the ride seems pointless.

Goal setting helps to focus attention and it is critical to maintain and enhance motivation.

Set a goal that matters, that you really want, and work your F’n ass off to achieve it. That’s what motivation is all about.

When you don’t feel like practicing, look at that goal.

Do you want to achieve that goal or you do want to play video games and eat Doritos all day?

Your choice.

Remember Your Competition is Practicing

I’m not sure what you have for a dream. But I am sure it involves beating the competition.

Maybe that competition is your own team’s starting goalie and you want to beat them out of a starting spot. Maybe that competition is a rival team’s attackman and you want to beat them in the game.

Remember this – your competition is getting better! Are you?

Reminds me of a t-shirt I had growing up –

Goalie Motivation

Unless that person practicing is you! In which case you will be the winner when you meet head-to-head.

Read these Motivational Quotes (or refer to your own)

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.” – Les Brown

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

Watch These Motivational Speeches

Listening to motivational sports speeches is sometimes just the right juice to get you going. Doesn’t matter that they’re talking about other sports – the emotions are the same.

The motivation required is the same!

Watch Goalies Making Saves

I don’t know about you but watching goalies dominate their craft and make sick saves gets me extremely motivated.

Check out these goalies when you need some motivation. Better yet watch some of your own highlight tapes if you got ’em.

Drink Water and Eat a Healthy Snack

Amazes me how many times kids feel unmotivated and lethargic because they’re not hydrated or malnourished.

So drink water and make sure you’re eating healthy meals.

If you’re hungry, grab a snack. Not a twinkie. Something healthy.

Embrace the Grind

In training to be a great goalie, you’ll arrive at a point at which it is no longer fun. Some call this the Grind.

Discussing lacrosse goalie life, senior Matt Sefcik called this “Embrace the suck”.

By this, he means when things get tough, and your body and mind start to hurt, and you want to just quit you need to embrace the challenge and push through.

The suck is the same as the grind. Its when it gets tiring, painful, and tedious.

The Grind is when weak goalies quit.

But here’s the thing:

The Grind is also the point at which it really counts.

The Grind is what separates successful athletes from those who don’t achieve their goals.

So I want you to reach the Grind and keep f’ing going!

Do one of the following three things:

A) Take a shower, OR

B) Go for a brisk walk, OR

C) Call the friend or teammate who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little 5-minute pep talk.

Appreciate a Teammate/Coach/Parent

If you’re around a teammate, a parent, or a coach right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.

Just say, “hey, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you because…”

If you’re not around people, think about something or someone you’re grateful for. Go over the reasons you’re grateful in your mind.

What has that got to go with motivation? Well…

Gratitude is happiness. Happiness is motivating.

Be grateful more often by thinking about who and what you’re happy for, or by telling someone that exact thing.

Crank Up The Music

Play something that gets you jacked.

Here’s what I use – pretty much all rock. But if you’re into hip-hop or electronic that works too.

I think music is such a powerful motivator and can help get us into the right mood whether that be energetic, inspired, or even relaxed.


Ok goalies, if you’re lacking motivation. Read this post right now.

It’s a quick hit of lacrosse goalie motivation to help get you in the mood to train, to practice, to play, and to dominate.

Bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you are in need of some serious goalie motivation!

Dig deep and get out there and let me see those results!

Until next time! Coach Damon

How do you get motivated to perform? Any lacrosse goalie motivational methods you like that I missed? 

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2 thoughts on “Goalies: Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY

  1. Great post! I found that hit close to home with a lot of things I do when lacking motivation. I was just wondering how much time is too much when taking a break? I had this problem after the camp I went to, I had to take a week off because everything was hurting, I would try and go outside but get tired in 5 minutes.

    1. Thanks Liam! There’s no set amount of time. For some people they put the lacrosse gear in the garage all summer and that works because they’re playing other sports and working out. I think that’s the key. For others they take a week off and then get back to lacrosse. Make sure you’re listening to your body tho. If “hurting” is just general muscle soreness than that’s fine but if there’s a deeper injury there you need to stop until fully recovered.

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