Episode 7: How to Create a Motivational Climate with Steve Simonson

A fascinating episode on how to build, “A Motivational Climate,” on your team and in your sport. The fact is that a Motivational Climate already exists. The real question is, “Is the motivational climate you have on your team working for you?” Is it ego-driven or team driven? Does it foster an environment where players can take risk and make mistakes or does it punish them when they make mistakes? All of this is extremely important to consider when you are trying to create a healthy culture. There are basically 2 climates that exist: 1. An ego-driven climate or 2. A Mastery Motivational climate. Which one do you have? On your team and in your life? Listen to find out.For the teaching PDF email: info@theheroicmindset.comSteve Simonson contact – simonsoncoaching@gmail.comPlease send this episode to someone who could benefit. Thanks! Show notes:Basically In every group setting, there’s a motivational climate. So it’s a psycho social and involved environment that surrounds us that impacts our motivation, our mindset, and in sports specific, it’s basically gives us the determinant on how we value success. It tells me what is valued, what behaviors are valued and what success is. And you have different types of motivational climates and there are two main ones. And based on those those two climates, in the interaction, those climates on a person, it’s going to affect their motivation, and then affect their behavior. And so I thought, well, if we can learn how to create the proper climate, and the optimal climate based on who we’re working with, and that’s probably going to help us a long way in our in our coaching.You’re basically operating you know within a couple of climates one is what we call an ego based motivational climate and what that is is one that references focuses highly on wins and losses, on outperforming other people, on on praising talent on on rewarding winners, things like that, punishing mistakes, you know, where whereas a mastery motivational climate is one that really focuses on controllables like self improvement and efforts and and doing one’s best and overcoming obstacles and setbacks and, and based on these influences, and these climates are created by three, three groups of people. One the coach sets it to the peers around you help set this and three, especially with youth parents are significant other so you have these, these three, these three figures or sets of figures around you That are bombarding you with information and you’re going to act according to all these, all these influences, and they can have a profound effect on how you approach how it’s affects your motivation and how you approach your daily behaviors.Motivation is why we do what we do. If you think about that, why we do something, you can really get into the meat and potatoes of it with a player to understand why they’re behaving the way that they do. So if I do something, because it’s interesting to me, that’s an intrinsic mindset, intrinsic motivation, versus I’m doing something because I have to do it.

So really, what we found is that the more intrinsic motivator or motivation, is that is autonomous to the player that’s self directed is a higher from of motivation.

And so in a mastery climate, you’re trying to develop the autonomous player, you’re trying to have them work on controllables things that they can control, which is their effort and their growth. When you compare someone to somebody else, that’s out of my control, I can work as hard as I can. I do the best I can. And then the superstar next to me gets all the credit. And that’s a very demotivating thing for someone like me. So it’s about looking at the type of environment that fosters fosters autonomy and fosters players to, to look at being personal best and overcoming challenges.