posted on: December 15, 2018
author: Brian Lomax
When I was 11 years old, I started listening to music to get myself pumped-up for tennis tournaments. At the time, my preferred pump-up selections were from the soundtracks to Rocky and Rocky II. I owned each of them on vinyl and my routine was to play them on the turntable in my room before leaving the house to go compete. The music brought me back to the dramatic moments of each movie in which Rocky would overcome the odds to perform better than anyone expected. Such an inspiration! The music got me energized to compete just like Rocky Balboa.
Whether it’s in preparation for a competition or just in the daily work we do to be successful at our sport, we want to be fueling our motivation and inspiration. It’s not easy to “love the grind” and I’m not sure that’s even realistic. However, if we design routines that can keep us motivated and inspired along the way, we have a better chance of bringing the required intensity and energy necessary to be successful consistently.
I love movies. Watching movies and talking about them is one of my favorite hobbies. And I’ve seen a lot of them. When I want to learn something or be inspired, I will often watch a sports movie or documentary. Sometimes I learn more about what I should do, and other times I learn about what I should never do. Both types of lessons are valuable. Either way, watching these films keeps me connected to sport and competition. And that’s the point. I want to stay connected, and I want inspiration.
Below are some of my favorites in the sports movie and documentary categories.
Friend and colleague, Dr. Rob Bell, has compiled a list of his top 10 documentaries that will make you mentally tougher. And for sure, they’ll provide you with inspiration. Check out his post to add more documentaries to your watchlist:
This list should keep you busy for a while. Most of these are available on some streaming service, so search for them on your favorite platform. As with all lists of this type, I may have left out one of your favorites. Feel free to let me know which movies and documentaries inspire you. If I haven’t seen it, I’ll be sure to add it to my watchlist.
Brian Lomax founded PerformanceXtra™ in 2009 with a mission of helping athletes achieve their goals and their top performances more consistently through a progression of mental skills that enables them to focus on what is truly important.
Learn more about the author: https://performancextra.com/brian-lomax/