Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Motivation By Your Family And Cornermen


The motivation for good or bad which we get from our families is huge. They can either destroy our dreams or help us create them. Most of the boxers in the Contender series are strongly supported by their families. The organisers recognise this fact by allowing families to live close to the Contender Gymnasium.

"The Contender" is a reality TV show organised by Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard. 16 top middleweight boxers compete for a chance at boxing glory and a million dollars. Each week a losing boxer leaves the show.

You would imagine these young boxers would be motivated by the glory and the money but, surprisingly, they seem to be motivated far more by love of their families. If they mention the money it is always along with the thought that it will provide a better life for their families. These tough young men are often in tears as they think of their families.

Anthony Bonsante was driven by love of his family to choose as his opponent one of the weaker boxers so that he could progress further in the competition. This annoyed his team members who had agreed that he should choose a stronger opponent. However, he put family first and was willing to upset his team mates in the process. Predictably he knocked out his opponent and stayed on in the competition. Most of his team members later forgave him for chosing a weaker boxer for his opponent. They realised that boxing is, ultimately, an individual sport.

Joey Gilbert, one of the boxers, put the whole Contender series in perspective. He was surprised but delighted to pick up the phone and find himself speaking to his soldier dad who had come home from Afghanistan. He knew the comparative value of boxing glory and having a dad who was still alive: "To hell with all this stuff. My dad is home; that is all that matters. I can sleep at night. I can go home with a smile on my face."

In one of the later episodes of the first series of fights, Tarick Salmaci called out Juan de la Rosa, a young but very successful boxer, who has all the ideals and energy of youth. Juan believes you have to go the hard way if you want to achieve greatness. This means being ready to fight tough opponents.

Juan is young and has nothing to lose. He is too young to have a wife and kids to motivate him but he has a very influential person in his life. This person is his grandfather who had encouraged him to become a boxer. His grandfather died over a year ago but lives on in Juan's memory.

Juan hangs his grandfather's picture around his neck before and after every fight: "This reminds me of what I am here for." He feels his grandfather's presence when he boxes. Juan is a power puncher and is extremely confident but he looks a young innocent until he knocks you out!

"My grandfather told me there would always be obstacles in the way. I just want to go through them. I want my name up in lights; so did he. He will push me all the way."

Juan's dad also supported him. "I am happy my dad is here!" His dad encouraged him with comments like "Let's win".

Juan's opponent Tarick Salmaci from Detroit was also motivated by his family:

"My daughter is two and a half years old. She is the joy of my life. The energy I get from my daughter is unexplainable. I deserve this shot because I've worked hard for it all my life. I'm doing this for my family - my wife and my daughter - so that we have a better life. When I am in the locker room I visualise myself in the ring and think of what is at stake."

Both men were highly motivated for their fight. Tarick is older and more experienced. He is a boxer. Juan is a puncher and he has enormous energy and a great record behind him. He is only 18 years old.

Tarick allowed Juan to make a great start and was hurt early in the fight. Juan won the first round. He punched non stop and landed some powerful blows.

Tarick's cornerman said: "You don't have all day to do this. You have right now to do this."

Tarick won round two but Juan won round three. Tarik's age began to tell as he tired more quickly and was missing Juan with his punches.

Again Tarick's cornerman did his best to motivate him: "You don't need close rounds; you need winning rounds. You didn't come here to lose did you?"

Tarick won round 4. His cornerman was remorseless: "You've got to give it everything to win. You've got to show heart, Tarick."

In round 5, Tarick looked utterly exhausted but fought back fiercely. Juan boxed with all the energy and fury of youthful ambition. The crowd went wild.

Juan won the fight. He did not forget to kiss the photo of his granddad. "My Granddad was in there saying: 'Don't give up! Don't give up.' I didn't give up; I just kept punching."

Tarick had lost but he was content: "I've had my shot now and it's a relief off my chest and I can now get on with my life."

One of the organisers commented: "Juan de la Rosa should thank God that Tarick was not a few years younger."

We are all motivated by family and mentors (the equivalent of corner men). If we can enlist their support in fulfilling our dreams, we will progress faster and further.

Of course, our progress still depends ultimately on our own efforts. Tarick had great family support and a brilliant cornerman but still lost.

About the author

John Watson is an award winning teacher and martial arts instructor. He has recently written two books about achieving your goals and dreams.

They can both be found on his website http://www.motivationtoday.com along with a daily motivational message.

The title of the first book is "36 Laws To Ignite Your Inner Power And Realize Your Dreams Now! - Acronyms, Stories, Pictures And Quotes...Easy To Remember And Use Everyday To Grab Your Life And Soar With The Eagles". The book can be found at this URL: http://www.motivationtoday.com/36_laws.php

The book uses acronyms, stories, pictures and quotations to help readers remember 36 laws that can gradually transform your life if you apply them.

Ezine editors / Site owners
Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety in your ezine or on your site as long as you leave all links in place, do not modify the content and include the resource box as listed above.


MORE RESOURCES:

A Psychological Principle That Can Instantly Increase Your Motivation
Huffington Post
Whether the bonus came at the beginning or at the end of the year, you would think it would offer significant motivation for teachers. After all, money is one of the easiest levers to pull if you're trying to manipulate behavior. But when the school ...



Science-based motivation
Nevada Appeal
Looking for effective motivation to get more active? You're certainly not alone. The good news is that science may have some answers for you. Physical activity provides feel-good chemicals to be released in the brain and improves health, ideally making ...



Refinery29

How To Get Your Fitness Motivation Back
Refinery29
When you do talk to yourself pre- or mid-workout, try using the second person (“you”) rather than the first person (“I”); it'll make you more motivated to perform better. Researchers believe this is because people are used to following commands, which ...



Fox News

Rob Oller commentary: Sometimes agitation better than motivation
Columbus Dispatch
An imaginary line runs through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this week. On one side of it, Ohio State players are getting fired up for Michigan. On the other, the Buckeyes are getting fed up with one specific method of motivation used by Urban Meyer.
Michigan Week still special for Troy SmithZanesville Times Recorder
Smith Talks Barrett, UM Game, Jersey Enshrinementohiostate.247sports.com

all 244 news articles »


WTAJ

Using Social Media for Reaching Fitness Motivation
WTAJ
He says he'll scroll through social media sites, looking for motivation and finding new workouts to try. He says while he uses it for good, he can see some people crossing the line. "You can directly see some of the people who just have, in general ...



Jackson Clarion Ledger

Despite slump, Ole Miss not lacking motivation for Egg Bowl
Jackson Clarion Ledger
But now, it's Egg Bowl week, and the oldest player on the roster said motivation better not be a factor. "It's State. I feel like if you can't get up for that, you probably don't need to be playing," linebacker Deterrian Shackelford said. "It's ...
MSU won't need extra motivation this weekThe Commercial Dispatch
No. 18 Mississippi trying to bounce back from skidFresno Bee

all 189 news articles »


Local 8 Now

Vol Report: Motivation Enough
Local 8 Now
"We should have enough motivation to win the game and to get win number six," head coach Butch Jones said following Tuesday's practice. "Our players know what is at stake. That doesn't even need to be discussed." Defensive back Brian Randolph added ...
Vols' Bowl Eligibility Enough Motivation Vs. VandyThe Chattanoogan
Tennessee Looking Forward to 'One Game Season' Against VandyWDEF News 12

all 111 news articles »


Soccerway

Shakhtar did not lack motivation - Shevchuk
Soccerway
Defender Vyacheslav Shevchuk denied Shakhtar Donetsk lacked motivation for their UEFA Champions League fixture against Athletic Bilbao. Already assured of a spot in the knockout phase after Group H leaders Porto won 3-0 at BATE earlier on Tuesday, ...
Not trueShakhtar did not lack motivation - Vyacheslav ShevchukAllSports.com.gh

all 119 news articles »


Yellowhammer News

No 'Kick-Six' motivation for Alabama, some players say they've never even seen ...
Yellowhammer News
How could they not? However, if their comments to the media this week are any indication, most of the Tide won't be watching the Kick-Six before game time, even for an extra dose motivation. Quarterback Blake Sims says he turns it off any time it's played.
How Alabama players cope with Kick Six replaysTideSports.com
Auburn not letting memories of 'Kick Six' lingerColumbus Ledger-Enquirer
Kick-Six is remembered at Alabama, tooDothan Eagle (blog)
Henderson Daily Dispatch (registration)
all 450 news articles »


AL.com

Alabama players not seeking motivation from Kick 6 video; 'luck happens,' one ...
AL.com
Alabama head coach Nick Saban works with his team during the fourth quarter of the No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn Iron Bowl NCAA football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com ORG XMIT: ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.